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Are Iowa’s high school graduates ready for college?

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Are Iowa’s high school graduates ready for college?

Some 33,000 young Iowans crossed the stage this spring to receive their high school diplomas. Are they college ready? The answer is an equivocal "It depends." It depends on who you ask — school principal, college math professor, parent, admissions counselor...But according to ACT, less than one-third of Iowa's 2014 graduating class scored college-ready in all four areas of English, reading, math and science last year. One expensive result is that community colleges must deliver high school repeater courses to roughly 30 percent of new enrollees, usually in math. Such remediation costs Iowa taxpayers an estimated $26 million per year, according to the Alliance for Excellent Education.
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