"Speak Out" is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Nick Simonette.
A recently-released study suggests that North Carolina's high school students are not ready to make the jump to college.
Based on last year's results, only 13 percent of high school juniors taking the state-required ACT test met the benchmark scores considered a predictor for college success.
Unlike the well-known SAT exam, the ACT test focuses on math, English, reading and science skills.
Our editorial board believes testing should be part of the equation, but solely using the ACT exam as a readiness measure seems narrow to us.
And the belief that a student can play "catch up" during their senior year is short-sided.
Perhaps moving the test to the Sophomore year might help, otherwise this may be a case of too little, too late.
Regardless, parents, listen up: colleges and universities today are looking beyond traditional scores and grades.
They're incorporating more of the intangibles.
Admission boards desire the "well-rounded" student, one who has good study habits, is involved in serving the community and displays leadership qualities.
Participation in clubs, student government and sports are a plus.
Each of us is responsible for making sure our kids are well-educated.
Let's make sure we're doing all that we can to help them to succeed.
Tell us what YOU think. SpeakOut@wbtv.com.