The 2016-17 Education Poll from the Commonwealth Educational Policy Institute, at VCU’s Wilder School, found this spring’s high school grads are ready for college, but not so much for the workforce.
Interim director Robyn McDougle, noted that 60% of respondents believe high school graduates in Virginia are ready for college.
“What the poll also showed was that only 32% of Virginians think that graduates are ready to go into the work world.What we might want to think about expanding is preparing those kids who are uninterested or unable to attend college directly after graduating from high school and so we’re hoping maybe that can be an expansion of education policy going forward,” said McDougle.
The state Board of Education has exploring ways for students to consider a career path late in high school and tailoring course work to teach needed skills.
The poll, Dr. McDougle noted, shows strong public support for doing just that.