Oregon High Schools Show no Improvement in Preparing Students for College, ACT Results Say

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Oregon high schools have made near-zero progress in getting more students to graduate with the skills they need to pass college classes, the ACT testing organization reported today. 

As has been the case for several years, half the Oregon students who took the ACT college-entrance exam lacked the math skills to pass freshman college math, and 45 percent couldn't read well enough to count on earning Cs or better in college, the testing agency reported.

It based those conclusions on the scores of nearly 12,500 students who graduated from Oregon high schools this year, 38 percent of all public school grads. Nearly the entire graduating classes of the Beaverton and Portland school districts took the test, and together they accounted for almost 40 percent of the state's ACT test-takers. All students in Tigard-Tualatin, Bend-LaPine, Forest Grove, Riverdale and Sherwood also took the exam.

The one bright spot in the 2012 results came in science. Oregon's class of 2012 was the first required to pass three years of science to graduate, and 35 percent of ACT-takers in the class showed college-ready science skills, up from 32 percent in the class of 2011.  

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