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‘Alarming’: High School Grads Earn Lowest College Prep Exam Scores In 30 Years

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A Wednesday report shows that new high school graduates have the lowest scores since 1991 on American College Testing (ACT), a college admissions exam.

The average score for high school graduates of the class 2022 was 19.8 out 36 on the ACT. This is the first time that the average score of students in the past 30 years has been lower than 20 according to an ACT study. About 42% failed to achieve the benchmark scores in English and science, while 42% failed math. (RELATED: Here’s How Much Pandemic Learning Loss Is Costing School Districts)

“This is the fifth consecutive year of declines in average scores, a worrisome trend that began long before the disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic and has persisted,” Janet Godwin, ACT CEO said in a press release. “The magnitude of the declines this year is particularly alarming, as we see rapidly growing numbers of seniors leaving high school without meeting the college-readiness benchmark in any of the subjects we measure.”

According to the report, students who earn a benchmark score on any four sections of the exam have a 75% probability of getting a C in that subject and 50% of getting a B grade.

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