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ACT RESULTS: Better Preparation Needed

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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.

“If 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,” 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.