2015 Oklahoma grads' college readiness rate remains static

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A new report shows the percentage of Oklahoma's 2015 graduating seniors who demonstrated college and career readiness in four core subjects on the ACT exam has remained static since last year.

The number of the state's 2015 graduates who met the benchmarks in English, reading, science and math on the college entrance test stayed level for the second year in a row at 22 percent, the Tulsa World (http://bit.ly/1LAsnPa ) reported.

The state's percentage of graduating test-takers who met the targets previously had been steadily increasing from 17 percent in 2008. According to the ACT's annual Condition of College and Career Readiness report released Wednesday, 28 percent of ACT-tested 2015 graduate students nationally met all the benchmarks.

The report states that Oklahoma has a great opportunity to raise its college and career readiness rates in English, reading and science. In those subjects, 11, 14 and 16 percent of students, respectively, missed the ACT's target by only one or two points.

The number of ACT test-taking graduates in Oklahoma has increased by 9.3 percent since 2011.

Oklahoma State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister announced last week a $1.5 million pilot program that will provide free access to the ACT to all high school juniors this academic year for school districts that opt in. Taking the exam early allows students early exposure to the test.


Information from: Tulsa World, http://www.tulsaworld.com

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