ACT Report Confirms High School Graduates Unready for College-Level Study
Publishers Meeting the Challenge With More Learning Tools To Boost Student
WASHINGTON, May 17 /PRNewswire/ -- In response to "Rigor at Risk: Reaffirming Quality in the High School Core Curriculum," the report issued on May 15 by ACT, a non-profit assessment and research organization, confirming that a majority of high school graduates are not ready to take on college-level work, Bruce Hildebrand, Association of American Publishers (AAP) Executive Director for Higher Education, issued a statement pointing out the crucial role that U.S. higher education publishers play in closing this gap. Mr. Hildebrand said: "This latest ACT report reinforces earlier research showing that the majority of high school graduates need extra support to successfully make the transition from high school to college. Today's students have far more diverse learning needs than in the past, and many are at greater risk of requiring six or more years to graduate or of dropping out with limited job skills and unpaid tuition debt. Publishers have responded to these challenges by developing a broad range of increasingly sophisticated learning materials and tools for students and faculty, including online practice exams and homework, online tutoring, podcasting, video clips, 3-D graphics and other interactive features that are available to students 24/7. Faculty told Zogby International researchers last year that more than half of entering freshmen are not ready for college-level studies. Publishers are partnering with faculty to create and customize materials that meet the specific needs of students - from advanced to remedial - so that both publisher and faculty must challenge and maintain the interest of the highest achievers, support students who are less prepared for college courses, and meet the needs of nontraditional students, who now are the norm. As the Government Accountability Office report on college textbooks noted, publishers are 'assuming roles that have traditionally belonged to postsecondary institutions.' We look forward to continuing to partner with the education community to ensure students and faculty have a variety of learning materials that will add educational value to the 21st century classroom." About the Association of American Publishers The Association of American Publishers is the national trade association of the U.S. book publishing industry. AAP's more than 300 members include most of the major commercial book publishers in the United States, as well as smaller and non-profit publishers, university presses and scholarly societies. Further information is available at: http://www.textbookfacts.org
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