Tags: ACT | scores | Duncan | education | reform

Duncan: ACT Scores Show Need for Education Reform

Thursday, 18 Aug 2011 06:01 AM

By Greg McDonald

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Just a little more than a quarter of high-school graduates did well enough on the ACT college entrance exams this year to be considered academically ready for higher learning, according to testing officials.
 
The scores released Wednesday showed that only one in four out of the 2011 class scored high enough in the four basic benchmarks reading, writing, math, and science to make it through the first year of college. Some 28 percent of students taking the test did not even meet the minimum score in each category to be considered for post-secondary education.
 
Overall, the scores revealed why educators have been focusing on college readiness programs lately that offer more challenges for students interested in pursuing a college degree, officials said.

In commenting on the latest scores, Education Secretary Arne Duncan said, “American students are making incremental progress toward being ready to complete college-level work, but there’s still significant work to be done.”

“These ACT results are another sign that states need to raise their academic standards and commit to education reforms that accelerate student achievement,” Duncan said.

Nationwide, the average composite score out of high of 36 was 21.1.

Students in New England tended to do better across the board than other regions of the country.

Massachusetts and Connecticut students, for example, posted the highest average composite scores of 24.2 and 23.9 respectively. Students in Mississippi and Tennessee, meanwhile, posted the lowest, 18.7 and 19.5 respectively.

The breakdown in the four main benchmark is:
66 percent of those taking the test met the English composition requirement; 52 percent met the reading mark; 45 percent aced the math; and 30 percent topped the science hurdle.

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Send me more news as it happens.
 
 
Get me on The Wire
Send me more news as it happens.
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
You May Also Like

Passengers Push Plane on Icy Russian Runway (With Help of a Tractor)

Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 20:45 PM

Passengers on a Russian plane got off to push the aircraft to help get it on the runway after it began slipping on ice i . . .

Bernie Tiede, Convicted Murderer Mortician, to Get New Sentencing

Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 17:39 PM

Bernie Tiede, the mortician who was convicted of killing his companion Marjorie Nugent in 1996, will receive a new sente . . .

Chrysler Pentastar Logo Getting Phased Out With FCA Formation

Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 15:51 PM

Chrysler's iconic Pentastar logo is being phased out as the company introduces a new logo in keeping with the newly form . . .

Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved