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MS students behind nationally in ACT scores

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The average ACT composite score in Mississippi was 18.9 last year. The average ACT composite score in Mississippi was 18.9 last year.
Get2College offers weekend workshops, but they've also started going into the schools to teach ACT strategy to teachers and students. Get2College offers weekend workshops, but they've also started going into the schools to teach ACT strategy to teachers and students.
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The average ACT composite score in Mississippi was 18.9 last year. That's only a small step up from 18.7 the year before. The national average was 20.9.

"Barely up is better than barely down and Mississippi has a pretty poor track record with testing like this," said Dr. Kamper Floyd, Jackson's Get2College center director.

Only 12 percent of Mississippi students who took the exam last year were college ready, according to ACT's benchmarks in each subject. That's in comparison to 26 percent of the test-takers that were ready nationwide.

"Make a certain score, then that shows your probability of making a C or better in a college course is going to be higher," explained Floyd.

Lower scores indicate the need for more remedial courses. But the non-profit Get2College Centers are providing resources to help kids boost their scores before it comes down to that.

"The bigger problem is that students aren't typically taught how to take a test. The content on the ACT is pretty standard. Most of the students we see really do know the math. They know how to do it. If they had the time, they'd be doing a lot better," Floyd said.

Floyd says students aren't being taught skills and strategy for timed tests that are necessary for success.

"The state test, you pretty much have all day to take that. The act you have three hours and 15 minutes or something like that," described Floyd.

Get2College offers weekend workshops, but they've also started going into the schools to teach ACT strategy to teachers and students.

Dr. Lynn J. House, interim state superintendent of education released the following statement:

"While we had hoped that Mississippi's ACT scores would have shown greater improvement, we are looking forward to providing every opportunity to better prepare our students for college and career over the next several years. Also, under the proposed new accountability model for our schools, the State Board of Education will focus on ACT as an important benchmark for college preparation."

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