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Test results show Arizona students unprepared for college courses

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Posted: Tuesday, October 12, 2010 10:30 am | Updated: 6:43 pm, Wed Oct 13, 2010.

Fewer than 60 percent of Arizona’s students who took the ACT last year are ready for college-level English, and even fewer are ready for college-ready math, social studies and science.

The results, released Monday, also show a large gap in the career interests of the 2010 high school graduates compared to the job demands in the state in the next decade.

Last year, 28 percent of the state’s high school graduates took the ACT, a test that measures college readiness and is often used by colleges and universities to determine admission. The test measures several subject areas and asks students questions about their careers interests.

Only 19 percent of the students met the benchmark level in all four tests: English, math, reading and science.

In fact, Arizona’s average composite score dropped 1.9 points from last year, from 21.9 to 20. Since 2006, scores had been steadily rising.

The national average score was 21. The top composite score that can be attained is 36.

The report also looked at job interests by students compared to the top five growing job fields in the state: education, management, computer/information specialties, marketing/sales and healthcare. Based on the study, even those students interested in the fields are not ready for the college courses needed to attain a two- or four-year degree or certificate for employment.

More information about the study can be found at http://www.act.org/news.

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