The Facts

  • 6% of the students who enroll as freshmen in a Chicago Public School will graduate from college by the age of 25. — Chicago Tribune, April 21, 2006
  • A composite score of 20 (out of 36 points) on the ACT is widely considered the threshold needed to gain admission to college.
  • The average junior in the Chicago Public School (CPS) system scores a 17.2 on the ACT exam.
  • Over half of juniors score a 16 or below on the ACT exam.
  • Only 25% of CPS students score a 20 or better on the ACT exam.

The Significance of the Problem

College is Critical

  • The wage gap between someone with a high school degree versus a college education increased from 50% in 1980 to 111% in 2005.

ACT is Crucial For College Admission

  • College admission is increasingly competitive, and there is more reliance on ACT by Admissions Officers.

ACT Prep is Effective, but Expensive

  • There is a direct correlation between test prep and high scores.
  • Students of means rely on test prep to reach potential score.
  • Individualized ACT prep can cost $1,500 or more.