Today more high school teachers are handing out A's. They have a stack of A's to give out. You should be delighted with your A's. You can show it to your family, your friends, your neighbors. They will give you an attaboy or an attagirl and you will be tickled pink. You will feel you own the universe.
A fool's gold?
Recent findings show that nearly half of America's Class of 2016 are A students, up from 38.9% in 1998 to 47% in 2016. Yes, half of your classmates have an A grade.
According to Michael Hurwitz of the College Board, the folks who bring you the SAT, and Jason Lee, a doctoral student at the University of Georgia’s Institute of Higher Education, the rise of the A average is "really stunning." Interestingly, in the same period, 1998 to 2016, the average SAT score fell from 1,026 to 1,002 on a 1,600-point scale.
Recent research suggests that the problem isn’t just showing up in high school. Even in colleges, most popular grade is now an A, according to Stuart Rojstaczer, a former Duke University scholar and founder of the website GradeInflation.com.
Does this suggest that all these A's on your report cards are just a fool's gold?
USA's public high schools are graduating a record number of students: the graduation rate is now 83%, according to federal statistics. But that's not always translating into success: more college diplomas and good jobs. A recent study by the Harvard Graduate School of Education found that just 56% of college students complete a four-year degree within six years of entering college. For students who start at two-year colleges, it's even worse: Just 29% earn a degree within three years.
So if half of students are getting A's, why are they failing? And what can you do about your situation?
1. Don't focus on A's. Focus on learning well.
Given that 50% of students are getting A's, do you feel that you are doing terrific in school? Well, if you do, you might be in for a surprise when you take your SAT (or ACT). You may get a lower score than expected or a score that is not in the top percentile to get you into the college of your dreams.
Don't let the A grade fool you into believing that you will get into the college of your dreams. If 50% of students are getting A grades, how would you differentiate yourself? How would you excel on the SAT (or the ACT)? We believe you should focus on learning faster, testing smarter so you can score higher to get into the school of your choice.
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2. Prepare, prepare, prepare
In real estate, there is a saying that what matters is location, location and location. For admissions what matters is preparation, preparation and preparation. You must prepare for:
The clearer you are on what you want from college, the better your preparation will be. Do not hesitate to ask for help. We will be happy to assist you in your preparation through the entire process. Contact us today!
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