- Associated Press - Friday, August 28, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A new report says many West Virginia high school graduates are ill-prepared for college.

The annual report by ACT says 21 percent of students who took this year’s ACT test met all four of the organization’s college readiness benchmarks.

West Virginia students topped national English and reading levels. But they lagged behind national math and reading levels.

The report says 69 percent of students were ready for freshman English courses, compared to 64 percent nationally. Forty-eight percent were read for freshman reading courses, compared to 46 percent nationally.

The report says 34 percent of students were ready for math courses, compared to 42 percent nationally. Thirty-four percent were ready for science courses, compared to 38 percent nationally.

A total of 11,289 West Virginia students took this year’s test.

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