High School Coursework Falls Short in Workforce Prep, Survey Suggests

Adults, parents, and employers see today’s high school students as being less prepared to enter the workforce upon graduation than earlier generations of high school students, while half of today’s students themselves feel unprepared, a survey conducted by the Global Strategy Group and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation finds.

Based on an online survey of more than a thousand adults, half of them parents, more than five hundred high school students, and more than five hundred employers, the report, Visions of the Future: Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Research Findings, found that more employers believe graduating high school students in the 1950s (89 percent) and 1980s (82 percent) were prepared for a career than are students today (66 percent) or than students will be in ten (71 percent) or twenty years (69 percent). And while more parents thought that high school grads were prepared for a career in the 1980s (76 percent) than were high school grads in the 1950s (70 percent), only 57 percent thought today’s high school grads were prepared. The survey also found that eight in ten of today’s high school students felt they were graduating either very (36 percent) or somewhat (45 percent) college-ready, while only about half felt either very (15 percent) or somewhat (37 percent) career-ready.

For more, see the survey results here: https://www.kauffman.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Kauffman-Visions-of-the-Future-Research-Results-9162019.pdf