State and national ACT scores were released today. At the national level, scores on the college admission exam were flat, while Georgia, where more teens are taking the ACT, saw a slight increase. (SAT scores will follow in a few weeks.)
A record 52 percent of the the 2012 U.S. high school graduating class took the ACT. More than a fourth (28 percent) did not meet any of the four ACT College Readiness Benchmarks in the testing areas of English, mathematics, reading and science; 15 percent met only one of the benchmarks, while 17 percent met two. Only 25 percent of tested 2012 grads met all four ACT benchmarks, unchanged from last year.
“Far too many high school graduates are still falling short academically,” said ACT Chief Executive Officer Jon Whitmore in a statement. “We need to do more to ensure that our young people improve. The advanced global economy requires American students to perform at their highest level to compete in the future job market and maintain the