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Document Number: 7032

Ready for College and Ready for Work: Same or Different? - This 12-page brief suggests that young people entering college or workforce training programs after high school graduation need to be educated to a comparable level of readiness in reading and math. This conclusion is reached by: (1) Identifying the level of reading and mathematics skills students need to be ready for entry-level jobs that require less than a bachelorís degree, pay a wage sufficient to support a family and offer the potential for career advancement; (2) Comparing student performance on ACT tests that measure workforce readiness with those that measure college readiness; and (3) Determining if the levels of performance needed for college and workforce readiness are the same or different. The authors clarify that while there may be differences in the contexts in which these skills and knowledge are imparted, the level of expectation must be the same. (ACT, Inc., 2006) ...

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