Study: Only one in 8 Mississippi students ready for college

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - Almost two million 2014 graduates took the ACT, a key test for applying to colleges and universities. ACT released a national study Wednesday morning that shows which students in which states are making the grade when it comes to this important test.

The study finds that only about one in eight Mississippi students who took the test last school year is ready for college. So if you have a class of 24 students, the ACT study said only three of those are ready to go to college in our state.

On average our high school graduates made a composite score of 19 on the ACT. That's a slight tick up from 18.9 from the year before. And it is the highest average score in at least 20 years for Mississippi test takers. But our students ACT test scores are still well below the national average, which rose to 21 this year from 20.9 in 2013.

ACT recommends Mississippi educators make core curriculum, English, math, reading and science a priority and also that all students should take the ACT test.

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