ACT Scores Show Many Aren't Ready For College

ACT scores show 3 in 10 high school grads lagging

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    It's a week of test score results.  First came the STAR test results that looks at how well students in grades two through eleven perform here in California. Those results showed the highest scores since testing began in 2003. 

    Find your school's scores here.

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    Now, the national test for high school graduates looking to go to college showed nearly three in 10 fail to meet key benchmarks that predict they are ready for higher education.

    Still, members of the high school class of 2011 posted a slight gain on the ACT exam and 25 percent of ACT test-takers met the college-readiness standard in the four core subjects of English,
     math, reading and science. That restores the national average to where it was in 2009.       

    The average score was 21.1 on the test’s scale of 1 to 36.

    Results showed 28 percent of students did not score high enough to meet any of the ACT standards for expected college success.

    A record number of students took the test this year.  In all 1.62 million students took the test. That represents about half of all 2011 high school graduates.

    Policymakers are calling for more rigorous high school courses.