According to the ACT’s “Condition of College and Career Readiness” report released Aug. 17, the Mississippi graduating class of 2011 had the lowest percentages in the nation of students meeting the ACT benchmarks on subject area tests.
Benchmarks are scores on the ACT subject area tests that represent the level of achievement required for students to have a 50 percent chance of obtaining a B or higher or about a 75 percent chance of obtaining a C or higher in corresponding credit-bearing first-year college courses.
ACT benchmark scores for success are:
>> College English Composition: 18
>> College Algebra: 22
>> College Social Science: 21
>> College Biology: 24
>> Composite: 21.1
Mississippi’s average scores are:
>> English: 18.6
>> Mathematics: 18.2
>> Reading: 18.8
>> Science: 18.7
>> Composite: 18.7
On the report’s release date, the Mississippi state College Board distributed a press release titled “ACT report finds more Mississippi students ready for college work” that said:
“More members of Mississippi’s class of 2011 stand a better chance of graduating from college and going on to successful careers, according to a report released today by ACT, Inc. in their report, The Condition of College and Career Readiness 2011. When compared to the 2010 numbers, the annual report shows that:
>> 397 more students are ready for English Composition
>> 256 more students are ready for College Algebra
>> 153 more students are ready for college social studies classes.”
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