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

4 months 1 week 3 hours 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
COLUMBIA - Even with slick sidewalks and snowy roads, runners still showed up for Mizzou's Rockin' Against Multiple Sclerosis 5K... More >>
46 minutes ago Saturday, February 16 2019 Feb 16, 2019 Saturday, February 16, 2019 2:54:00 PM CST February 16, 2019 in News
(CNN) -- Sixty-three more people have been infected with salmonella linked to raw turkey products in an outbreak that began... More >>
3 hours ago Saturday, February 16 2019 Feb 16, 2019 Saturday, February 16, 2019 12:27:00 PM CST February 16, 2019 in News
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has defrocked former U.S. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick after Vatican officials found him guilty of... More >>
8 hours ago Saturday, February 16 2019 Feb 16, 2019 Saturday, February 16, 2019 7:25:00 AM CST February 16, 2019 in News
SARCOXIE, Mo. (AP) — The Jasper County prosecutor on Thursday charged a 23-year-old English teacher at Sarcoxie High School with... More >>
17 hours ago Friday, February 15 2019 Feb 15, 2019 Friday, February 15, 2019 9:56:18 PM CST February 15, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Battle High School's Girls Wrestling team will make history by competing in the first high school girls state... More >>
18 hours ago Friday, February 15 2019 Feb 15, 2019 Friday, February 15, 2019 8:56:00 PM CST February 15, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The first snow system has come to an end and two more are on the way in less... More >>
19 hours ago Friday, February 15 2019 Feb 15, 2019 Friday, February 15, 2019 8:25:00 PM CST February 15, 2019 in Weather
COLUMBIA - Despite the treacherous conditions, some people have no choice but to drive in weather like Friday's. "My... More >>
20 hours ago Friday, February 15 2019 Feb 15, 2019 Friday, February 15, 2019 6:48:00 PM CST February 15, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA — The Humane Society of Missouri rescued 21 dogs and 21 cats from a property in western Missouri Friday.... More >>
21 hours ago Friday, February 15 2019 Feb 15, 2019 Friday, February 15, 2019 5:42:00 PM CST February 15, 2019 in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Another winter blast hit Missouri Friday, causing multiple accidents, closing schools and leaving highway experts... More >>
23 hours ago Friday, February 15 2019 Feb 15, 2019 Friday, February 15, 2019 4:03:00 PM CST February 15, 2019 in Top Stories
CALLAWAY COUNTY - A traffic stop for following too close led to troopers seizing oxycodone, THC wax, shatter, a product... More >>
1 day ago Friday, February 15 2019 Feb 15, 2019 Friday, February 15, 2019 3:04:00 PM CST February 15, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY — Ameren Missouri said several thousand jobs will be created as part of an effort to upgrade its... More >>
1 day ago Friday, February 15 2019 Feb 15, 2019 Friday, February 15, 2019 1:49:00 PM CST February 15, 2019 in Top Stories
COLUMBIA – The cold weather doesn't just affect road conditions, but fuel economy as well. According to the U.S Department... More >>
1 day ago Friday, February 15 2019 Feb 15, 2019 Friday, February 15, 2019 1:48:00 PM CST February 15, 2019 in News
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and border security (all times local): 2:33 p.m. President... More >>
1 day ago Friday, February 15 2019 Feb 15, 2019 Friday, February 15, 2019 1:43:00 PM CST February 15, 2019 in News
CAMDENTON (AP) — The parents of two suburban Kansas City victims of a Lake of the Ozarks boat crash have... More >>
1 day ago Friday, February 15 2019 Feb 15, 2019 Friday, February 15, 2019 1:14:00 PM CST February 15, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Agencies across mid-Missouri are responding to snowfall. Updates appear here in reverse chronological order, with the newest... More >>
1 day ago Friday, February 15 2019 Feb 15, 2019 Friday, February 15, 2019 12:20:00 PM CST February 15, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Attorneys for Sen. Josh Hawley asked a Cole County judge to quash a subpoena in connection with... More >>
1 day ago Friday, February 15 2019 Feb 15, 2019 Friday, February 15, 2019 11:32:00 AM CST February 15, 2019 in News
MEXICO, Mo. — The Mexico Public Safety Department responded to a fire at 1:19 a.m. Friday at the Hardee’s on... More >>
1 day ago Friday, February 15 2019 Feb 15, 2019 Friday, February 15, 2019 7:02:00 AM CST February 15, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Approaching winter weather may have an impact on the Missouri State High School Wrestling Championships. The championships... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, February 14 2019 Feb 14, 2019 Thursday, February 14, 2019 10:07:00 PM CST February 14, 2019 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 27°
4pm 33°
5pm 33°
6pm 32°
7pm 31°