New KidsOhio policy brief: Can requiring all high school juniors to take the ACT improve college preparation and the number of Ohioans going to college?

KidsOhio’s latest policy brief, Can requiring all high school juniors to take the ACT improve college preparation and the number of Ohioans going to college?, is meant to spur discussion about Ohio’s efforts to increase the number of college graduates from 72,657 to 100,000 by 2017.

A new state law will require Ohio highschoolers to take a nationally standardized college readiness exam (such as the ACT), pass end-of-course exams instead of five 10th grade tests, and complete a senior project. Details are still being developed.

Ohio’s efforts are part of a national initiative to regain America’s world leadership for college attainment by 2020. The United States is currently ranked 15th, down from first place in the 1970s. 

In order to meet these goals, Ohio must reach out to disadvantaged students, who comprise 40 percent of the state’s student body. This policy brief documents ACT scores and poverty rates in the 20 largest school districts.

We hope the brief informs you about an important bipartisan state initiative.

Click here to download the report: Can requiring all high school juniors to take the ACT improve college preparation and the number of Ohioans going to college?