Does an A in school become an A in life?

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Very often we get a comment like this: "My kid is getting strait As in school. He or she is doing all the work that is required of them. We are not sure what else to give. We really think that our kid is prepared for college and life."

Our question back is: "If our kids are getting everything they need in school, why do we have the statistics like that?"

Today we are just raising a question...

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Attrition Rates

According to the Education Policy Institute, just 43 of 1,669 U.S. universities and colleges have attrition rates of 10% or less. Among them are Ivy League schools like Harvard and Princeton, and name-brand schools like Stanford and MIT.

A total of 266 of 1,669 U.S. universities and colleges have attrition rates between 11% and 30%.

At the majority of U.S. colleges, the attrition rate tops 50%. In other words, most of their students fail to graduate.

College Readiness

According to the College Board,  58% of SAT test takers do not meet SAT College and Career Readiness Benchmark. This is a measurement of readiness to take college entry, credit bearing courses without remediation.

Score Against International Peers

In its most recent study, the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) found that among 15-year-olds in 34 developed countries, American students ranked 26th in math and 21st in science. Meanwhile, Asian Pacific and European countries made up the entire Top 10.