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College enrollment rising faster than readiness

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College enrollment rising faster than readiness

In 2014, the Illinois State Board of began tracking and publishing in its yearly scorecards the percentage of students who enrolled at a college within 16 months of graduation as well as the percentage of students who were ready for college coursework.

The metric they used for being ready for college was the percentage of students who scored 21 or higher on the ACT.

A look at this year’s school report cards, which were released in November, showed that the percentage of students entering college is rising at a greater rate than their college readiness.

College enrollment within 16 months of graduation

High School

2013-2014

2015-2016

Hononegah

79%

81%

Durand

74%

79%

Winnebago

70%

75%

Pecatonica

71%

71%

South Beloit

50%

61%

Harlem

65%

60%

Guilford

53%

59%

Rockford East

50%

55%

Auburn

53%

53%

Jefferson

46%

52%

Ready for college coursework

High School

2013-2014

2015-2016

Hononegah

67%

67%

Durand

60%

49%

Winnebago

59%

41%

Pecatonica

48%

52%

South Beloit

30%

30%

Harlem

41%

44%

Guilford

33%

34%

Rockford East

31%

27%

Auburn

32%

41%

Jefferson

18%

19%

Three high schools saw its percentage of students enrolling rise while the percentage of students ready for college declined – Durand, Winnebago and Rockford East.

The percentage of students enrolling in college increased at two schools while the percentage ready for college remained unchanged – South Beloit and Hononegah.

Auburn’s percentage of students enrolling in college was the same in 2015-2016 as it was in 2013-2014, but the percentage of students ready for college jumped from 32 percent to 41 percent.

Harlem’s percentage of students enrolling in college declined – it was the only Winnebago County high school to have this happen – while its students ready for college increased.


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