According to a recent survey sponsored by Achieve, a national not-for-profit focused on education reform, and Hart Research Associates, neither university professors nor prospective employers find American high school graduates to be well prepared. Here is an excerpt from their report:
Neither university faculty nor employers believe that American public high schools are preparing students for the expectations they’ll face in college and career. In fact, compared to 2004, the assessment is even more dismal. More than a decade ago, for example, only 28% of college instructors stated that schools were doing an adequate job of readying students for what came next after high school. That count is down to 14% in 2015. Among employers, 49% in 2004 said that schools were adequately preparing students for what they would need for work; in 2015, the count was 29%. Part of the challenge, say students themselves, is that their high schools don’t set academic expectations high enough. Fifty-four percent said that they were only “somewhat challenged”; 20% said it was “easy to slide by.”
This is not an impossible situation, but it is critical. We must be more proactive in equipping students to get to their next level, whether we have to do it inside the classroom or outside of it.
Read the full article at CampusTechnology.com: http://campustechnology.com/articles/2015/07/27/survey-most-profs-find-hs-grads-unready-for-college-or-work.aspx