Idaho ACT scores drop, but still top national averages

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"Nearly twice as many Virginia students take the ACT today than ten years ago, making it an increasingly important indicator of how well the commonwealth's public schools are preparing young people for the future", Superintendent of Public Instruction Steven R. Staples said in a press release. However, the national organization calculates the state's average ACT score for both public and private school students using a student's "most recent score".

ACT also reported that many students don't take advantage of the chance to take the exam for free.

Nebraska's score held steady at 21.4, with 84 percent of graduates tested.

"It's one good measure, us holding our own against the rest of the country", said Nebraska Education Commissioner Matt Blomstedt.

Wyoming ACT numbers also show that for the English portion, 58% met benchmark; in Reading, 42% met benchmark; and in both Science and Math, 34% met benchmark. The maximum composite score is 36. According to ACT, fewer than 30% of graduates were likely, based on their ACT composite score, to attain an ACT WorkKeys®.

Langley explained that "as part of the College and Career-Readiness Initiative in SC, all students in public high schools take the ACT to measure college readiness in their junior year".

The ACT college readiness 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.

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Officials highlighted the performance of what they called "underserved" populations, those who would be the first generation in their family to attend college, come from low-income families or self-identify their race or ethnicity as a minority.

Despite the increasing number of students taking the ACT, the SAT is still the dominant college-admissions test in Virginia.

Georgia's overall composite score improved, as did scores in each subject: English, reading, math, and science. One-half of test-takers in SC and one-third of the test-takers nationally met none of the benchmarks.

"While it's no surprise that underserved students fall behind their peers due to the inequities that exist, it is extremely alarming and concerning to see how large this achievement gap really is", ACT Chief Executive Officer Marten Roorda said in a statement. In its market-share battle with the ACT, the College Board has been pushing hard to win more statewide contracts, which offer-or require-the SAT for all students during the school day. Forty-six percent met the mathematics benchmark in Kansas, compared to 41 percent nationally. In Iowa, 31 percent of graduates met the benchmarks.

33 percent met none of the four benchmarks. Nationally, that number was 27 percent.

As for Wyoming juniors, numbers released last month show their ACT scores dipped slightly from past year with a composite score of 19.7.

Participation by Hispanic students is on the rise in Nebraska. That compares with 54% for test takers who didn't mark that they had these characteristics.

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