ACT RESULTS: Better Preparation Needed


A new report shows less than half the number of Iowa high school students who took the ACT college entrance exam are ready to take college-level classes, but the state’s composite score keeps Iowa ahead of all states but one.

The ACT testing company in Iowa City says only 30-percent of Iowa high school students who took the ACT in 2012 scored well enough to be prepared for college courses in English, Reading, Math, and Science.

Only 63-percent of last spring’s graduating seniors took the test and the Iowa Department of Education wants to increase those numbers.

ā€œIf our goal is to have a world-class education system, we must set the right expectations for college and career readiness and then follow through with an exam as an important measure,ā€ says Iowa Department of Education Director Jason Glass.

The test is offered in 28 states and is on a 36 point scale.

Minnesota had the highest overall average with a composite score of 22.8. Iowa and Wisconsin tied for the second-highest overall composite score at 22.1.


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