According to the ACT report, a student who meets a benchmark in a particular area has a 50 percent chance of earning a B or higher and a 75 percent chance of earning a C or higher in a corresponding freshman-level course.
The largest share of Oklahoma students — 29 percent — met none of the benchmarks on the ACT, indicating those students are unprepared for college courses.
Although they showed improvement, Oklahoma students still fell behind the national average on the ACT, according to the report. Nationwide, 25 percent of 2013 graduating high school seniors met all four benchmarks.
Nationwide, graduating seniors' performance on the SAT was stagnant this year, prompting College Board officials to issue a “call to action.”
According to the organization's report, only 43 percent of SAT takers in the class of 2013 graduated from high school with the skills to succeed in college. That figure has remained about the same for the past five years.
In response, the organization announced it would be working with education leaders at the K-12 and postsecondary levels to ensure students had access to rigorous course work, including expanding Advanced Placement courses for high school students nationwide.