® Impact of Literacy on College Readiness and Success Cynthia B. Schmeiser Middle Grades Literacy Forum September 28-29, 2006 ACT Research What do we know about middle school students’ literacy skills? How do these skills impact college/work readiness and success?
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Not enough middle school students are on target to be college ready in reading when they leave high school.
Only 43 percent of our nation’s 8th-9th grade EXPLORE-tested students are on target to be ready for college-level reading.
For some groups, substantially fewer students are on target to be ready for college-level reading.
Julie: Please insert graph from national report on page 3. Ask Dan Vitale for this.
Only 10% more of the class of 2006 was actually ready for college-level reading than is projected for the class of 2010.
More eighth- and tenth-grade students nationally are on target to be college ready in reading than are actually ready when they graduate from high school.
A decline in the percentage of students who are actually ready for college-level reading occurs between the 10th and 12th grades.
Middle school students who are on target in reading are significantly more likely to be on target to be ready in other areas.
Students who are on target in reading are most likely to be on target in English, math, and science.
Of those 2006 EXPLORE students who did NOT meet the EXPLORE Reading Benchmark:
Students who are NOT on target in reading in middle school are significantly more likely NOT to be on target in English, math, and science.
Students who are college-ready in reading are more likely to :
College readiness in literacy has a direct impact on college success.
Reading Between the Lines, ACT 2006
Performance on complex texts appears to be the clearest differentiator between students who are more likely to be ready for college and those who are less likely to be ready for college.