While 68% of graduating high school seniors believe they are adequately prepared for college, the majority of their teachers don’t agree. A 2010 Deliotte Education Survey discovered a disconnect between how college ready teenagers thought themselves, versus what their teachers saw.
And perhaps the teachers have a point.
Though the majority of college freshmen claimed they were quite well-equipped to handle coursework their first year in college, 28% admitted to needing remedial classes. The College Board claims as many as 40% of incoming freshmen are placed into some kind remediation in order to bring them up to grade level.
Lack of Data
The problem, according to high school teachers, is that they don’t have the data they need to make adjustments to their course work. Much of the feedback they receive on college bound students comes from the students themselves, or through their parents. Colleges and universities don’t provide the nation’s high schools with data that would let them know where students need extra help, or that would help high schools align their curriculum.
What Teachers Want
92% of high school teachers wish the nation’s colleges and universities would work with them and let them know exactly where incoming freshmen are failing and what high schools can do to better prepare them. If this kind of information was available, 82% of high school teachers would use it to improve subject matter and 78% would use to it to plan coursework.
Colleges Not Helping
However, only 13% of high school teachers receive any official feedback from colleges or universities at this time. For all the complaints professors and officials have about college preparedness, they have yet to take any proactive measures in assisting high schools meet the needs of students with aspirations of higher learning.
What Do You Think?
Should colleges and universities work more closely with high schools to ensure that all graduates be able to seek a degree? Or should high schools be doing all the work? Let’s hear what you think.
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