The Pryor Times

September 11, 2012

Scores show math and science weak

The Times

— While more Oklahoma students than ever – 29,342 – took the ACT this year, the state's average composite score remains flatlined when compared to previous years’ scores, according to results released in August.

State Superintendent Janet Barresi said she sees some areas of slight improvement, but scores in areas such as science and math must improve if each student in the state is going to graduate prepared for college and career.

ACT’s annual Condition of College and Career Readiness report was released, along with profile reports on each state. The report shows that only 20 percent of students in Oklahoma met all four ACT College Readiness Benchmark Scores set by ACT.

Barresi said that, just as last year, she is concerned that many Oklahoma students interested in high-growth fields like education, management, marketing, health care and community services fall short of meeting ACT’s College Readiness Benchmarks, again in the areas of math and science. ACT’s analysis showed that of 2012 ACT-tested high school graduates interested in health care, only 20 percent met the college readiness benchmark for math and only 11 percent met the benchmark for science. Of those indicating an interest in health care, only 37 percent met benchmarks for reading.