ACT drop in readiness article

Oct 18, 2018 | West Houston

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A greater percentage of U.S. high-school graduates who took the ACT college-entrance exam aren’t ready for college-level coursework, with math readiness at a 14-year low.

ACT on Wednesday released its annual report, the Condition of College and Career Readiness, that shows only 40% of 2018 graduates taking the ACT met a benchmark indicating they could succeed in a first-year college algebra class. That is down from 41% last year and a high of 46% in 2012.

The percentage of students meeting college-ready benchmarks dropped slightly in all subjects tested—English, math, reading and science.

“Math specifically concerns me in a society that’s becoming more and more technological,” said ACT Chief Executive Marten Roorda. “The economy needs more students with STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education, and good math skills are vital to the STEM orientation. There is a high risk for the U.S. economy coming to a slowdown or a standstill.”

Hispanic and black students continue to lag behind their white and Asian counterparts. Asians are the best prepared group as a whole, with their average composite score rising this year. Average scores for all other racial and ethnic groups went down.

Graduates identified as “underserved learners”—who are minority, low-income or first-generation college students, or a mix of the categories—tended to fare worse than others who weren’t.

In math, college readiness fell to its lowest since 2004, a trend that has worried math educators.

“We should be concerned as a country,” said Matt Larson, immediate past president of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, an organization of about 60,000 members. “There’s a need to restructure how high-school mathematics teaching and learning is done in the United States.”

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