An Illinois lawmaker says high schools aren’t preparing kids for jobs after graduation. Only 21 percent of high school students who take the ACT are considered college ready. State Rep. Bob Pritchard (R-Hinckley) says businesses tell him high school graduates lack the basic skills to do their jobs.
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“But also their work ethic, showing up on time,” Pritchard says. “Being willing to work and doing what is necessary for the job to be successful rather than punching a clock with certain hours.” Vickie Clark, a Central Illinois business advocate, says graduates are lacking those soft skills. “Those are integral to any kind of success,” Clark says. “Whether you choose a college path or a career path that would be more skill-driven, those are basic needs.” Pritchard says today’s jobs are increasingly technical. That calls for higher math and science scores, which are Illinois’ lowest-scoring areas on the ACT.