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ACT: 1 in 3 Students Not Ready for College

A third miss benchmark in all 4 of test's categories
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 21, 2013 3:57 PM CDT

(Newser) – The company that conducts the annual ACT tests for high school seniors has some pretty bleak numbers about this year's results. The big one is that 31% missed the minimum benchmark in all four of the test's categories: English, science, math, and reading, reports the AP. Theoretically, that means they're not ready for college-level work in any of those areas. Some other highlights:

  • Only 26% were ready in all four of those subjects. Among black students, that percentage sinks to 5%. Other groups: Asian-Americans, 43%; whites, 33%; Hispanics, 14%; and American Indians,10%.
  • Students' interests don't seem to mesh with projected jobs. For instance, only 6% were interested in the field of education, though 17% of job openings are projected to be in that field in 2020; only 2% are interested in the computer and IT fields, versus a projected 11% of job openings.
"The readiness of students leaves a lot to be desired," says the president of the testing company. (A Jezebel blogger, however, blames biased standardized tests.)

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