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08 September 2017, 12:54 | Clyde Nash
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Until then Minnesota was long the nation's highest scorer among states where at least half the graduates took the ACT.
Overall, the average composite score for public school students in Virginia was 23.7 out of 36, compared to 21 for graduates nationwide.
Last year, the average applicant ACT composite score at Georgia Tech was 31, while the admitted ACT average was 32. Aiken's overall composite score, averaging English, Math, Reading and Science, mirrors that of SC as a whole.
Test scores increased in almost every racial and ethnic group.
The ACT collegereadiness benchmarks represent scores that would indicate a level of academic preparation needed to have at least a 50 percent chance of achieving a grade of B or higher or about a 75 percent chance of obtaining a C or higher in corresponding credit-bearing first-year college courses. "Steady gains in states are not unusual, but we rarely see this type of improvement over such a short period of time", said Paul Weeks, ACT senior vice president for client relations. "The latest results continue a long-term trend of higher achievement and increasingly well-prepared graduates". "An increase of.3 percentage points is significant on the ACT, which consists of curriculum-based tests of educational development in English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science created to measure the skills needed for success in first-year college coursework".
Test scores tend to dip when more students join the group, because that usually brings a wider variety of skill and preparation levels.
In addition to composite scores, ACT reports separate College Readiness Benchmark scores as an indicator of college readiness.
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ACT college readiness benchmark scores are: English, 18; Reading, 22; Math, 22; and Science 23. Forty-six percent met the mathematics benchmark in Kansas, compared to 41 percent nationally.
Sixty-nine percent of Kansas students this year met the English college readiness benchmark, compared to 61 percent nationally. But many students have work obligations and transportation problems that interfere with weekend testing dates, he said.
- Scores on the ACT college entrance exam rose for Minnesota students in 2017 and the state's average score continues to be one of the best in the nation, according to a new report released Thursday.
"This is the first time we have had a complete picture that can predict graduates" readiness to compete in the global marketplace", said Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister, who has led the effort to make ACT participation universal.
The average score of states that required students to take the ACT was 19.8, or 1.1 points higher than South Carolina's average.
An impressive 90.6% of Class of 2017 graduates were accepted to a two- or four-year college or university, up from 79.6% for the Class of 2016 and 51.8% for the Class of 2015.
"While we are encouraged by the increasing number of Kansas students preparing for postsecondary education, we know we have to better prepare our students both academically and socially/emotionally for life after high school", said Kansas Commissioner of Education Dr.
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