Oklahoma students improve on ACT scores

Published: August 21, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — More of Oklahoma's graduating high school seniors appear ready for college, according to ACT's 2013 Condition of College and Career Readiness report released Wednesday.

The report, based on the results from the 2013 ACT college entrance exam shows 23 percent of Oklahoma's 2013 graduates who took the exam tested as college-ready in all four subjects; English, reading, science and math, up from 20 percent in each of the previous two years.

The overall score of students taking the ACT rose from 20.7 in 2012 to 20.8 in 2013.

State Superintendent Janet Barresi said she is pleased, but not satisfied with the report.

“I'm bolstered by these results,” Barresi said. “This shows that our education reform efforts in Oklahoma are paying dividends in student performance.

“There is still much work to be done,” she said.

A total of 28,988 students took the ACT this year and 75 percent of Oklahoma's 2013 graduating class took the test at least once.

In addition to the 23 percent of students who met the benchmark in all four subjects, 14 percent met three benchmarks, 17 percent met two, 18 percent met one and 29 percent met none, according to the report.

Nationally, 26 percent of students met all four benchmarks and the national composite score fell from 21.1 in 2012 to 20.9.