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ACT National Curriculum Survey 2009 - ACT, Inc.’s National Curriculum Survey for 2009 sheds light on the gap between high school preparation and college expectations. It also details the specific subject-area knowledge and skills that are most important for students to learn to be ready for college-level coursework. The skills and knowledge that college instructors expect entering students to have are more focused and specific than what high school teachers view as important. The results also suggest that high school reading instruction needs to be improved, that content-area knowledge remains more important than “21st century student outcomes” and students headed more immediately to the workforce may not be receiving instruction to the same level as their college-bound peers, even though teachers agree that the knowledge and skills they need to master are fundamentally the same. (ACT, March 2010)...

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