Sure, they can score 30-yeard touchdowns or shoot 3-pointers from the outside like it’s nobody’s business, but some athletes are struggling trying to do basic functions inside the classroom: read and write.
According to a recent CNN analysis, many students who are in the basketball and football programs at public universities across the country can only read up to an eighth-grade level. Additionally, the investigation found that there is a staggering achievement gap between college athletes and their peers at the same institution.
When it comes to scores on the SAT, many student-athletes scored in the 200s and 300s on the critical reading test; students need to score at least a 400 to be considered college-literate. When it comes to the ACT, the threshold is 16, but some students scored in the single digits (the highest score possible is a 36).
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