State touts first year of required ACT testing
BATON ROUGE - The number of Louisiana public school students taking the ACT college admissions test has jumped by roughly 11,000, now that the state requires high school students to take the exam - and the number scoring high enough to attend college without remedial work jumped by 3,600 this year.
Louisiana's Department of Education says students with ACT scores of 18 or higher can attend four-year and two-year colleges without taking remedial courses.
Last year, more than 18,000 seniors scored 18 or higher out of nearly 26,000 with ACT scores. This year, nearly 22,000 posted an 18 or higher out of approximately 37,000 tested.
Education Superintendent John White said in a statement Wednesday that the expanded ACT testing provides opportunity for post-high school training and education that many didn't have before.
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