MU study: Low retake rates on entrance exams impact college success

1 year 1 month 3 weeks ago Wednesday, October 10 2018 Oct 10, 2018 Wednesday, October 10, 2018 6:55:00 PM CDT October 10, 2018 in News
By: Nnamdi Egwuonwu, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

Columbia - A recent University of Missouri study shows nearly 50 percent of high school students are unaware that they can take college-entrance exams, like the SAT and ACT, more than once. 

A team of researchers, including education economist Oded Gurantz, found retake rates are even lower among low-income and minority students, a fact that correlates with lower college-entry rates and leads to fewer opportunities for financial aid.

"Being able to take exams multiple times to improve your score opens those doors for you to have additional financial resources in terms of scholarships," said Jerron Johnson, program director at the Missouri College Advising Corp.

In the study, Gurantz says the disparity comes because low-income and minority students are unaware they can take the exam more than once.

Johnson said that's just the gateway to a larger problem.

Johnson said there's an "information barrier," which includes "not knowing how to access financial resources for fee waivers and not knowing that taking the exam multiple times can improve their score."

Both Johnson and Gurantz agreed that an inability to pay for the exam often prevents students from retaking it.

The state of Missouri previously funded a free exam for all students, but ended the practice due to budget cuts under the Greiten's administration.

Johnson said one factor is that students don't know they can actually get and qualify for fee waivers. The ACT offers two for low-income students.

Taylor Westbrook, a college-student in TRIO, an academic success organization catering to low-income, minority and first-generation students, said she had no clue waivers were available.

"I was not ever informed that I could get a waiver," she said. "I paid for it out of my pocket both times."

Westbrook took the exam only once. A last minute sickness prevented her from taking her second exam. She decided against paying for the exam again because of the costs. 

"I settled with my first score," she said. "It was a lot of money for me to pay for the exams, making minimum wage at the time."

Johnson said other barriers center around a student's psyche: a low initial score paired with a lack of preparation resources result in students choosing to abandon the exam after their first try.

"Often times, students get discouraged with their first score not recognizing that they can take it again and that there are resources out their for ACT prep courses," he said.

Both Johnson and Gurantz said reducing the disparity among retake rates is crucial in getting low-income and minority students into four-year institutions.

Gurantz noted in his study "that raising the retake rate of low income students to that of high income students would close up to 20 percent of the four-year college enrollment gap by income."

Doing the same among minority students would close up to 10 percent of the gap in four-year college enrollment, he said.

More News

Grid
List
FULTON - The 71st annual Christmas parade took over the streets of Fulton on Saturday afternoon. This year's theme... More >>
9 hours ago Saturday, December 07 2019 Dec 7, 2019 Saturday, December 07, 2019 3:40:00 PM CST December 07, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Road signs honoring five Boone County veterans killed in combat in Iraq or Afghanistan were revealed Saturday. ... More >>
10 hours ago Saturday, December 07 2019 Dec 7, 2019 Saturday, December 07, 2019 3:36:00 PM CST December 07, 2019 in News
CAMDEN COUNTY — One person was transported to the hospital Friday night after being ejected from their vehicle. The... More >>
10 hours ago Saturday, December 07 2019 Dec 7, 2019 Saturday, December 07, 2019 3:17:00 PM CST December 07, 2019 in News
TIPTON — A shooting suspect is in the hospital after authorities shot him five times, according to a news release... More >>
16 hours ago Saturday, December 07 2019 Dec 7, 2019 Saturday, December 07, 2019 8:50:00 AM CST December 07, 2019 in News
FULTON - Police are investigating after shots were fired at a Break Time in Fulton Friday night. According to... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, December 07 2019 Dec 7, 2019 Saturday, December 07, 2019 1:25:00 AM CST December 07, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - MU spokesman Christian Basi, confirmed the man who died after being hit by a car on College Ave... More >>
1 day ago Friday, December 06 2019 Dec 6, 2019 Friday, December 06, 2019 9:34:00 PM CST December 06, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The Central Missouri Humane Society is waiving adoption fees this weekend, just in time for the holiday season.... More >>
1 day ago Friday, December 06 2019 Dec 6, 2019 Friday, December 06, 2019 6:36:00 PM CST December 06, 2019 in News
MISSOURI - Missouri’s minimum wage rate is set to go up again soon. The state minimum wage will increase... More >>
1 day ago Friday, December 06 2019 Dec 6, 2019 Friday, December 06, 2019 5:21:41 PM CST December 06, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Governor Mike Parson and First Lady Teresa Parson are inviting families to join them at the Governor's... More >>
1 day ago Friday, December 06 2019 Dec 6, 2019 Friday, December 06, 2019 3:50:00 PM CST December 06, 2019 in News
BOONEVILLE - The Cooper County Sheriff's Office is asking travelers to find an alternate route on Highway 41 going to... More >>
1 day ago Friday, December 06 2019 Dec 6, 2019 Friday, December 06, 2019 3:02:00 PM CST December 06, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Former Columbia police chief Ken Burton has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor after originally being charged with driving... More >>
1 day ago Friday, December 06 2019 Dec 6, 2019 Friday, December 06, 2019 2:45:00 PM CST December 06, 2019 in News
HALLSVILLE - Kari Hallowell, the mother of 17-year-old Hayden Holt, who died in an overnight car crash after being chased... More >>
1 day ago Friday, December 06 2019 Dec 6, 2019 Friday, December 06, 2019 2:04:00 PM CST December 06, 2019 in News
PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP)- Two U.S. officials have identified the shooter at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola as a second... More >>
1 day ago Friday, December 06 2019 Dec 6, 2019 Friday, December 06, 2019 1:53:00 PM CST December 06, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - This weekend, 47 high school basketball teams from five states will go head-to-head in the 2019 Norm Stewart... More >>
1 day ago Friday, December 06 2019 Dec 6, 2019 Friday, December 06, 2019 1:24:00 PM CST December 06, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA- Former MU Quarterback Drew Lock is set to make his second start with the Denver Broncos this Sunday versus... More >>
1 day ago Friday, December 06 2019 Dec 6, 2019 Friday, December 06, 2019 12:28:00 PM CST December 06, 2019 in Sports
BOONE COUNTY- A 52-year-old male suffered two gunshot wounds Thursday night after getting into a fight with two people at... More >>
1 day ago Friday, December 06 2019 Dec 6, 2019 Friday, December 06, 2019 10:53:00 AM CST December 06, 2019 in News
RICH HILL- Relatives of a missing Missouri mother say they are growing increasingly concerned after deputies found the woman's phone,... More >>
1 day ago Friday, December 06 2019 Dec 6, 2019 Friday, December 06, 2019 10:22:00 AM CST December 06, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The Missouri State Highway Patrol confirmed Hayden Holt, a 17-year-old from Hallsville, died in an overnight car crash... More >>
1 day ago Friday, December 06 2019 Dec 6, 2019 Friday, December 06, 2019 6:41:00 AM CST December 06, 2019 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 34°
2am 39°
3am 39°
4am 38°
5am 37°