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- 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.