The number of WCASD students taking the SAT declines by nearly 20%.
Updated: Sep 7
College is no longer a given for Gen Z.
In 2022, 718 WCASD students took the SAT, down from 869 students in 2020. This is a decrease of almost 20 percent. Why the decline? Are fewer students college-bound? Have students lost interest in school? Did school closures cause students to become apathetic towards school and learning?
A new YPulse report found two in five Gen Z students agreed with the statement: “The pandemic has made me less interested in pursuing higher education.”
Consumed with pandemic-era grief, Gen Z’s apathy towards attending college has grown — even influencing students as young as middle schoolers.
The report (summarized here) lists five reasons why interest in college is decreasing amongst Gen Z.