Education Report Roundup

ACT: More Courses Needed to Prepare for College Work

By Sean Cavanagh — June 27, 2005 1 min read
  • Save to favorites
  • Print

To truly prepare for college-level work, high school students need to take four years of English, one or more upper-level math courses beyond Algebra 2, and a lineup of science classes that includes biology, chemistry, and physics, concludes a report from ACT, Inc. the Iowa City, Iowa-based test-maker that administers the nation’s second most widely used college-entrance exam.

The policy report, “Courses Count: Preparing Student for Postsecondary Success,” is available from ACT, Inc.

Yet only about 35 percent of students who take the ACT follow such a coursetaking pattern, the organization found. Moreover, ACT-takers have shown little improvement in such patterns over the past five years.

The study also found that certain high school classes benefit students across disciplines in college. Those who take at least one foreign-language class in high school, for instance, increase their chances of success in college English-composition courses; and enrolling in upper-level math courses in high school can lead to success in college science classes, according to the report.

Events

This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
Professional Development Webinar
Strategies for Improving Student Outcomes with Teacher-Student Relationships
Explore strategies for strengthening teacher-student relationships and hear how districts are putting these methods into practice to support positive student outcomes.
Content provided by Panorama Education
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
Classroom Technology Webinar
Transform Teaching and Learning with AI
Increase productivity and support innovative teaching with AI in the classroom.
Content provided by Promethean
Curriculum Webinar Computer Science Education Movement Gathers Momentum. How Should Schools React?
Discover how schools can expand opportunities for students to study computer science education.

EdWeek Top School Jobs

Teacher Jobs
Search over ten thousand teaching jobs nationwide — elementary, middle, high school and more.
View Jobs
Principal Jobs
Find hundreds of jobs for principals, assistant principals, and other school leadership roles.
View Jobs
Administrator Jobs
Over a thousand district-level jobs: superintendents, directors, more.
View Jobs
Support Staff Jobs
Search thousands of jobs, from paraprofessionals to counselors and more.
View Jobs

Read Next

Education Briefly Stated: September 21, 2022
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
9 min read
Education Briefly Stated: September 7, 2022
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
9 min read
Education Briefly Stated: August 31, 2022
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
8 min read
Education Briefly Stated: August 24, 2022
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
8 min read