- Associated Press - Thursday, September 7, 2017

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma’s scores for the ACT college entrance exam dropped statewide this year after a sharp increase in the number of students taking the test.

Oklahoma was among 17 states to have 100 percent of its graduates take the ACT in 2017, The Oklahoman reported . The ACT measures skills taught in schools and considered important for success in first-year college courses.

State Schools Superintendent Joy Hofmeister said opening the ACT to all students gives state education officials “valuable insight into the skills gap we must overcome for our young people to be competitive nationally.”

The number of students taking the test increased from nearly 29,000 in 2016 to more than 42,400 this year. But while participation increased, the state’s composite score dropped from 20.4 in 2016 to 19.4 this year.

“Before now, our state ACT scores did not measure the needs of the ‘hidden’ student - be it a low-income student who could not afford a college-entrance exam or a rural student who could not reach a testing site,” Hofmeister said. “Now we can pinpoint which students need help to bolster their skills before graduation.”

The ACT report also includes college-ready benchmarks estimates indicating the grades a student may earn during a typical first-year college course.

Oklahoma met only one benchmark score, for English. The state’s English score was 18.5. The state’s other subject scores fell below the college-ready benchmarks of 22 in math, 22 in reading and 23 in science.


Information from: The Oklahoman, https://www.newsok.com

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