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Mississippi ACT scores stay flat for 2015 graduates

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's ACT scores were flat last year, although a few more Magnolia State students are ready for college by the standards of the test.

The state's 2015 high school graduates made an average composite score of 19 on the test, the same as in 2014. That's still below the national average, which stayed steady at 21 this year.

Mississippi paid $1.3 million for all high school juniors to take the test last year, but Mississippi Department of Education officials say those results won't become apparent until current seniors graduate.

The testing organization says 13 percent of the more than 29,000 Mississippi students who took the exam were ready for college in English, math, reading and science. That's up from 12 percent in 2014, but below 28 percent nationwide.

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