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Oregon ACT scores show improved college readiness among grads


PORTLAND, Oregon — Results from the ACT college entrance exam show improvement in the college readiness of Oregon's graduating seniors.

Thirty-one percent of Oregon ACT-takers showed they were ready for college across all subjects, essentially the same as for the previous two graduating classes.

But that overall number doesn't properly reflect gains made by black, white, Native American and Latino students. Their average composite scores all went up.

The reason the overall readiness stayed flat is because white students represented 56 percent of ACT-takers in the class of 2015, down 5 percentage points from the class of 2013. White students score higher on the ACT on average than students from most other backgrounds.

Salam Noor, Oregon's state schools chief, tells The Oregonian newspaper (http://is.gd/yUnqBi ) that teachers have been implementing higher standards, and these results show the hard work is paying off.

Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com

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