Ready for College and Ready for Work: Same or Different?

Posted by on December 15, 2006

[posted from Public Education Network newsblast]


What do an electrician, construction worker and plumber have in common with college freshmen? According to a study recently published by ACT they all need comparable reading and math skills to succeed. The new report, “Ready for College and Ready for Work: Same or Different?? compared 476,000 high school juniors’ results from 2001 to 2004 on two exams: the ACT college admissions test and WorkKeys, an assessment of employability skills. ACT determined that similar reading and math skills are required to pass first-year college courses as are needed to succeed in entry-level “family wage” jobs.

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