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Wisconsin students test well on ACT, but relatively few are ready for college rigors

Madison, Wis. - Wisconsin high-school students are again among the nation's elite when it comes to scoring well on the ACT, a major college preparedness test. With an average score of 22.2 on a 36-point scale, Wisconsin ranked second nationally among states that depend on the ACT, falling only one-tenth of one percenta......

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Seventy-seven percent of Wisconsin students earned a benchmark score of 18 on the ACT English test, compared to 69 percent nationally. A benchmark score is the minimum score needed on an ACT subject-area test to indicate a 50 percent or better chance of earning a "B" or higher grade, or about a 75 percent chance of earning a "C" or better in the corresponding credit-b......

Full article >>> s, to far too many students," Ferguson added. "If they intend to go to college, they need to take high school seriously and take an ever more challenging series of courses."

Not every kid can or should attend a four-year college, but there's no getting around the fact that taking core courses in high school will serve all students as they enter the "Knowledge Economy" of the 21st
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