ACT Scores Show Many Illinois Students Aren’t Ready For College

CHICAGO (CBS) — The class of 2011 is heading off to college this fall, but a new study suggests many aren’t ready.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Regine Schlesinger reports, an analysis of Illinois ACT scores indicates more than 75 percent of Illinois high school graduates from both public and private schools aren’t completely prepared for college.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Regine Schlesinger reports

The results, which are set to be released later Wednesday, show only 23 percent of students who graduated from high school in Illinois this year met college readiness standards in English, reading, math and science.

Paul Weeks, assistant vice president for state programs for the ACT, said the trends in Illinois mirror figures nationwide.

“We need to get more students taking the core courses. We need to make sure that those courses are, in fact, developing the skills that have been identified as essential for success,” Weeks said.

The news was worst for science. Only 28 percent of the 2011 Illinois graduating class scored high enough to predict they may get a C or better in the typical college freshmen biology course.

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  • tom Sharp

    Please staple this information to the foreheads of Obama, Quinn, Emanuel, et al. who keep trying to sell the public on the idea that “everyone should go to college. Put these kids into training programs where they can learn job skills and stay off the poverty rolls and out of jail. Putting unqualified people in college hurts everyone there.

  • Sharp tom

    Please staple this information to the foreheads of Bachmann, Perry, Pailin, et al., and all of the stupid Tea-Baggers who think that cutting spending in education and rewarding wealthy schools for higher test scores is the only true path to educating our students.
    With idiots like them wielding power, it’s a wonder of science why these tests scores aren’t lower.

  • tom Sharp

    I totally agree with you, but don’t you read the papers? Rahm was in there yesterday giving bonuses to teachers and principals too. In Illinois it’s the Democrats that need the wake-up call, nationally it’s both parties and the idiot Tea Party morons.

  • Jackie

    I really think that the teachers should be given the ACT test and we find out how well they do. If the teachers can not pass the test how can they teach at the level needed in order for the students to score well on the test?

  • Tea Party Hero

    I think we should reward wealthy schools.
    Why should sucessfull people’s kids be punished just because other lazy parents can’t afford to live in a better area.

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