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Patch's Poll: Are Connecticut High Schools Preparing Our Kids for College?

The College Board's latest report on SAT scores concludes that only 43% of students nationwide are adequately prepared for college.

The SAT Report on College & Career Readiness released Monday estimates that only 43% of high school students were likely to succeed in college and faults a lack of rigor in our nation's educational system.

“This report should serve as a call to action to expand access to rigor for more students,” said College Board President Gaston Caperton. “Our nation’s future depends on the strength of our education system. When less than half of kids who want to go to college are prepared to do so, that system is failing. We must make education a national priority and deliver rigor to more students.”

The college board uses SAT scores as a benchmark and says that a score of 1550 (out of a total 2400) means the student is likely to achieve a B- average or higher during the first year at a four-year college.

In Connecticut, the mean scores of students who took the SAT in 2011-12 were above the national average in reading and writing, but below in math.

Connecticut students scored an average of 506 on the reading test compared to the national average of 496, and 510 on the writing test compared to the national average of 488.

In math, the national average was 514, but Connecticut students scored an average of 512.

Do you think Connecticut high schools are adequately preparing our students for success in college? Are the SATs the best indicator for that success? Take our poll and tell us in the comments.

Cletus September 26, 2012 at 11:02 PM
I'm assuming you went to public school?! Time to check your spelling and grammar...
Rosie September 27, 2012 at 12:39 AM
I went to public schools. My children went to public schools. I excelled as did my children. High honors in high school, Dean's List in college. You get out what you put in. Do some schools/teachers not make the grade? Absolutely. You can thank the teacher's union for that. It is to hard to get rid of bad teachers once they are tenured. I do not need to be held accountable for anything...I did my job, and our schools did theirs. But keep in mind, please, that not everyone can afford private high schools. Personally, I think it's a huge waste of money. I know of several students that went to private schools only to flunk out of college. You get out what you put in. It is easy to blame public schools because students don't want to put the work in. It takes hard work and dediction to succeed in life, no matter what school you go to. Sounds to me like you put yourself on a pedestal....
Daria Novak September 27, 2012 at 03:57 AM
Rosie, I agree with you that the teacher's unions are too powerful and that tenure prevents bad & lazy professors from being fired. We should change the system. I've been studying educational statistics and trends for a long time and it is quite evident that many (not all) of our schools are failing our children. Hence, we have dropped to #25 in the world in math and science scores. Our kids are less competitive in the global marketplace than only a few years ago. The reason I mentioned some of my background is that every time I make a comment that the people who opposed me running for office in the past continue to make personal attacks and call me names. Unfortuantely, their tactics don't work and I will continue to speak out on issues that are important to me. The silent Majority in this nation are no longer silent. We run for office and we vote. I put in the time with my students and am speaking both from personal experience and quantitatively about what the numbers indicate in our school data. The news is not good. On your point about parents choosing private schools. It is their right. If those schools provided a bad product they wouldn't survive in the free enterprise system. Parents will choose other educational options for their offspring. It is illogical for someone to choose a bad private school over a good public one in my opinion. I also agree with you that most students can put in good effort and receive a good education when self-motivated.
Daria Novak September 27, 2012 at 04:21 AM
Elizabeth, please correct me if I misinterpreted what you wrote... Are you actually stating you believe it is better to socialize with high school children doing drugs and having sex at an early age than not? I am confident you have watched TV and you use the Internet... so you already know about these social issues without having to experience them yourself at such a young age. We are paying a very high price in America for our "anything goes" attitude in our society. You sound very young from the structure of your writing and your thinking. I am trying to be respectful and not beat up on you, but I do hope you talk with your parents about hanging out with kids doing drugs, especially since it appears one is your "best friend." It is too easy to get caught up in it. Also, it is a bit naive on your part to think there are no social problems in private schools. They exist everywhere.
Patrick Madley September 27, 2012 at 12:08 PM
There was mention of the SAT's above. The SAT's are not a fair measure for any student. It is a very challenging, standardized test. Some students are not good at test taking and therefore bomb the test. Some schools use this test as a heavy indicator of your acceptance or not. I went to public school and I will say you can get an excellent education in public school, even better than in private at times. My issue is that the system is broken and must be fixed.

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