KY ACT Results Lagging National Levels

By Associated Press | 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- This year's Kentucky high school graduates fell short when measured against national results for ACT college readiness benchmarks but the state is making improvements.

In English, reading, mathematics and science combined, 18 percent of Kentucky's Class of 2013 achieved college readiness, compared with 26 percent nationally.

The results were released Wednesday. Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday said students and teachers have made progress during the past five years.

The broadest difference was in math, where 30 percent of Kentucky graduates met college readiness marks, compared with 44 percent throughout the U.S. In science, statewide 28 percent met the mark, while 36 percent were on target nationally.

In English, the difference was 57 percent of Kentucky's graduates compared with 64 percent nationwide. For reading, 36 percent of Kentucky students met the benchmarks, compared with 44 percent in the U.S.

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