The â€œMind the Gapsâ€ study, by ACT, found there is a correlation between a student doing well in core classes during high school and the studentâ€™s likeliness of attending college or staying in college for more than a year. Students from low-income families and racial and ethnic minority groups who apply for college have a lower success rate than white students from wealthier families. Research found a 14 percentage-point gap between white students and minority students in the rate they were enrolled in college a year after graduating from high school. When the students all hit the ACT college readiness benchmarks, there was only a 6 percentage-point gap.
ACT defines a student to be college-ready if they have had four years of English, and at least three years of math, science, and social studies. Currently, less than one-fourth of students will meet those requirements in all four areas. Cynthia B. Schmeiser, the president of the ACTâ€™s education division said, â€œEnsuring kids are prepared for college by the time they leave high school is the single most important thing we can do to improve college-completion rates.â€
Article: High School Rigor Narrows College-Success Gap
Students from some racial- and ethnic-minority groups and those from low-income families enroll in college and succeed there at lower rates than their white, wealthier peers. But a new study suggests that if teenagers are adequately prepared for college during high school, those gaps close substantially.
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