Many children whose parents didn’t go to college aim for degrees in higher education, but they’re far less prepared to go to college than their peers who grew up with college-educated parents, findsby ACT and the Council for Opportunity in Education.
Ninety percent of the first-generation students who took the ACT said they planned to go to college, but 52 percent didn’t reach a single one of the cut scores on the ACT that are associated with the likelihood of success in college. In the bigger pool of all students who took the ACT in 2014, 31 percent failed to reach any of those “college-readiness benchmarks” on the test.
The proportions of first-generation students who have met benchmarks in English, reading, and math have declined in the past four years.
A version of this article appeared in the August 05, 2015 edition of Education Week