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Substantial research demonstrate that high school graduates are not being prepared to succeed. There are gaps between the education received in high school and the overall skills, abilities and work habits needed for the demands of postsecondary education and the workforce. Seventy-six percent of employers in Arkansas state that less than half of the recent high school graduates who apply for jobs in their company lack the necessary quality writing skills and the ability to do basic math. Raising academic standards and graduation requirements, building a stronger curriculum and measurement systems are just some of the needed steps to assist the present capabilities of high school programs. In light of this objective and as part of the Arkansas Department of Education's plan to redesign public high schools in Arkansas, thirty-three colleges and universities were invited to participate in an Internet survey seeking opinions from professors who teach freshman-level courses about preparedness of high school graduates for college. Professors were asked to rate the Arkansas public high school system and the freshman level students on a number of performance-based levels. The responses of 315 college professors who completed the survey have been critical and reveal that they are clearly unsatisfied with the job that high schools are doing in preparing students, particularly in mathematics, writing and study habits. This report presents their responses and recommendations. [For a combined 2006-2007 research report separately covering business leaders' opinions and college professors' assessments, see ED497755.]

Descriptors: Writing Skills, Study Habits, Graduation Requirements, High School Graduates, Outcomes of Education, College Preparation, Postsecondary Education, Education Work Relationship, Job Skills, Basic Skills, Academic Standards, State Standards, Educational Change, High School Seniors, Surveys, College Faculty, College Freshmen, Mathematics Skills

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Autor: Arkansas Department of Education


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