The ACT annually collects and reports data on students’ academic readiness for college. This report provides a college and career readiness snapshot of the ACT-tested high school class of 2011 based on their test results in the areas of English, reading, mathematics and science. Twenty-five percent of graduates in the class of 2011 (compared to 24% last year) who took the exam met or surpassed all four of the ACT College Readiness Benchmarks, suggesting they are ready to succeed academically in specific first-year college courses without the need for remediation. The report recommends several strategies for increasing the number of students who graduate college and career ready: Early Monitoring and Intervention; Essential Standards; Common Expectations; Clear Performance Standards; Rigorous High School Courses; and Data-Driven Decisions.
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