Sunday, 24 September, 2017

Ga. Students Show Improvement on College Entrance Exam

US Students' Scores Inch Up on Latest ACT Minnesota ACT scores show slight gain at 5th overall
Delores Daniels | 08 September, 2017, 00:52

The Virginia Department of Education says students in the Commonwealth have gotten better scores on a major college admissions test than most of their peers across the country. "When you look at the percentage of students meeting those benchmarks are generally 18 to 19 points higher than students nationwide".

According to a release, the percentage of Virginia public school students meeting the ACT's college-readiness benchmark in each content area was 18 or more points higher than the national percentages.

Starting in the spring, South Carolina's 11th-graders will have a choice between the ACT or the SAT for their mandatory college entrance exam, a change that state officials said is not related to the ACT's glitches this year.

Overall, college readiness has been stable, the ACT reported, though one-third of test takers this year didn't meet any testing benchmarks.

The percentage of students attaining the benchmarks in Aiken County increased in four out of five areas including math, reading, science and STEM.

In addition to composite scores, ACT reports separate College Readiness Benchmark scores as an indicator of college readiness. There were 24,741 Kansas students who took the ACT in 2017, compared to 24,488 in 2016 and 23,708 in 2015. Only 38 percent of Idaho's high school class of 2017 took the ACT, compared to 60 percent of students nationally. "In the next few years, 65 percent of all jobs nationally will require post-high school education and training, and career and technical education provides professional certification and apprenticeship programs that can lead to high-paying, in-demand jobs needed right here in Arkansas".

"The gaps are persistent and pervasive, and we're not making much progress", said Jed Applerouth, the founder of Applerouth Tutoring Services, a national test-preparation company.

Today's release of data summarizes the results of the 2017 graduating class. They reflect specific skills "that can be taught in a relatively short time", not years of study, Chyten said.

Among Greenville County Schools, Riverside had the highest score at 22.2. Vermont's Pacific Islander students performed worse than other students in the state but above average for their racial group. The college-readiness benchmarks identify students whose ACT scores indicate that they are prepared for first-year college English composition, reading, algebra and biology. A 100 percent doesn't mean every student took the exam but the vast majority did. The benchmarks are scores that represent the level of achievement required for students to have a 50 percent chance of earning a B or higher or about a 75 percent chance of earning a C or higher in corresponding courses. Low-income students qualify for fee waivers, but in the class of 2017, 28 percent of those who got the waivers didn't end up taking the test. "This is encouraging news for our dedicated teachers and hard-working students here at Wagener-Salley High School". "We're pleased to see increases in those areas and even more so to have concrete data points to chart adjustments in curriculum and additional focus areas".

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