20 percent of Kentucky grads hit all ACT college benchmarks

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Newly released ACT scores show only a fifth of Kentucky's 2016 high school graduates met all the benchmarks that show they are ready for college-level coursework.

News outlets report that the scores, released Wednesday, didn't move significantly compared to the Class of 2015.

More students in the Class of 2016 were able to reach ACT's benchmark score in English than in other subjects. A benchmark score is an achievement level that reflects a 50 percent chance of earning a B or higher in a first-year college class.

Forty percent of students met the reading benchmark, a 1 percent increase from last year. Scores went down in other subjects, with 59 percent meeting the English benchmark, 31 percent meeting the math benchmark and 30 percent meeting the science benchmark.

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