Missouri’s graduating class of 2015 had an average of 21.7 on the ACT college entrance exam, an overall score that has hardly budged in the last five years, according to results released Wednesday.
The trend is also true for Illinois and across the nation, prompting those in charge of the test to say the lack of progress should be a wake-up call for the country.
“The needle is barely moving on college and career readiness, and that means far too many young people will continue to struggle after they graduate from high school,” said Jon Whitmore, ACT’s chief executive officer.
This was the first year all juniors at Missouri public schools had the opportunity to take the college entrance exam for free, but results released Wednesday won’t reflect that. The 2015 results consist of scores in English, math, reading and science for students who graduated this past spring at both public and private schools.
Missouri education officials have set a goal for student achievement to rank among the top 10 states by 2020. As part of the effort, the percent of students who achieve a qualifying score or above on a college and career readiness assessment is supposed to increase each year.
On the ACT, the percentage of Missouri students who did not meet benchmarks in English and reading dropped and stayed the same in math. But those who met college benchmarks in all four areas has risen to 30 percent, up from 26 percent in 2011. A benchmark score is the minimum score needed on an ACT subject-area test to indicate a 50 percent chance of earning a B or higher or about a 75 percent chance of obtaining a C or higher in a corresponding credit-bearing college course.
I don’t see why ACT scores would increase either in Missouri or nationwide. If the ACT is actually or loosely a g-loaded test, assuming that every high school senior takes it, and that is not the case, I would expect ACT scores to be slowly declining over time instead of increasing. The reason for that is that the political order of the day is open borders, not eugenics.