ACT Takers Almost Double

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TAMPA (2009-08-19) -

Average scores on one college entrance exam dropped this year for Florida high school students. But, there is some heartening news too.

Florida high school graduates continue to rank among the lowest nationwide on the ACT college entrance exam. Only Kentucky, Mississippi and the District of Columbia had a lower scores.

But the lower average is due in part to the huge increase in students taking the ACT. Last year more than 105,000 students took the exam almost double from five years ago according to Alan Richard with the Southern Regional Education Board.

"We think it's an encouraging sign that so many more students are showing an interest in higher education," Richard says. "And that's exactly what our economy needs that's exactly what our states need. We need tens of thousands of more students each year to be completing four year degrees, two year degrees and career certificates."

Another reason for the growth in ACT takers is that the exam is an alternative to the state FCAT for graduation requirements.

You can read more on the national and state ACT results by clicking here.

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