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Poll: Students grade high school down, college up

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April 20, 2011 05:58 pm

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Young adults say high schools are failing to give students a solid footing for the working world or strong guidance toward college however students who make it to college are happy with the education they get there, according to a new poll from Associated Press-Viacom. Other key poll findings include:

• Most of the 18- to 24-year-olds surveyed gave high schools low grades for things that would ease the way to college such as choosing a field of study, aiding them in finding the right college or vocational school, or assisting them in coming up with ways to pay for more schooling.
• Two-thirds say students should aim for college, even if they aren’t sure yet what career they want to pursue. Almost as many say they want to get at least a four-year degree themselves.
• The one category where young people rated high schools best was preparing them for further education: 56 percent say their school did a good or excellent job at that. Those who went on to college or trade school gave their high schools better marks than those who didn’t.

Read the full story here and check out the graph below:

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