Poll: Students Grade High School Down, College Up

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A new poll found that while young adults were pleased with the quality of education offered by colleges, most felt their high schools weren't making the grade.

Students said overall they did not feel like high school did a good job preparing them for college or a career.

Only four in 10 young adults were satisfied with their high school educations, while six in 10 were strongly satisfied with their college educations.

Lovina Dill says she wishes the two high schools she attended in California had taught her how to deal with the ups and downs of the real world. She could have used a class in "what happens if you can't get a job, and the unemployment rate rises and nobody can find a job."

Dill said she was briefly homeless when she was laid off and unable to find a job using her certification in massage therapy.

The one category where young people rated high schools best was preparing them for further education: 56 percent say their school did a good or excellent job at that. Those who went on to college or trade school gave their high schools better marks than those who didn't.

The AP-Viacom telephone survey of 1,104 adults ages 18-24 was conducted Feb. 18-March 6 by GfK Roper Public Affairs & Corporate Communications. The margin of sampling error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

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