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September 3, 2010
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Ohio's Scores Increase but ACT Stresses Middle School Focus

ThereACT 2010 Condition of College & Career Readiness was good news for Ohio in ACT, Inc.'s latest release of its Condition of College and Career Readiness[1] reports. A record number of 2010 graduates took the ACT test last year and at 21.8, Ohio exceeded the national composite score average of 21.0.

The 89,275 graduates taking the test represented 66% of the class of 2010. Additionally, 28% met all four college readiness benchmarks in English, math, science and reading, compared to 24% nationally. The Ohio Department of Education credits the increase in scores to more students taking a core curriculum, which is defined by ACT to include four years of English and three years of mathematics, science and social studies.

Despite the good news in Ohio, ACT maintains that high school is too late to find out if students are on track for college. Their research has found that "the level of academic achievement that students attain by 8th grade has a larger impact on their college and career readiness by the time they graduate from high school than anything that happens academically in high school."[2]Yet, only 17,384 Ohio middle school students took EXPLORE, the 8th grade pre-ACT test last year. One thousand four hundred and forty-four of those students were in Stark County in Canton City, Marlington and Plain Local.

As reported in last week's Issues, the Stark Education Partnership will fund EXPLORE for all 17 Stark County districts this coming year.
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