BATON ROUGE, LA — The number of Louisiana high school students demonstrating readiness in English, math, and science for college level work increased significantly between 2012 and 2013, showing gains in each subject area.
The announcement comes in the first year of Louisiana's requirement that all juniors and seniors take the ACT test.
The state tested 45,305 students in the class of 2013, an increase of 8,569 from 2012; this number includes both public and private school students. Louisiana's average composite ACT score for 2013 is 19.5 in the state's first year of testing 100 percent of eligible students.
Approximately 3,600 more Louisiana public school seniors than in 2012 earned a score of 18 or above, providing a record number of students with the opportunity to attend college. Scores also increased at every level of the test above 18 (the test is scored on a scale of 36), allowing more students access to TOPS college scholarships. See a detailed summary of these results here.
On the ACT's college readiness benchmark scores in four subject areas, the number of Louisiana students demonstrating proficiency increased in every subject.