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Students Prepare for College by taking the ACT
CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28) - According to ACT's "The Condition of College and Career Readiness 2014" report, 57% of high school graduates in the nation's 2014 graduating class took the ACT college readiness assessment. This is the largest and most diverse class of ACT-tested students to date.
Among all 2013 ACT-tested graduates, 87% aspire to higher educations, but only 69% actually enrolled in a postsecondary institution in fall 2013. This gap represents more than 300,000 students who fell short of their aspirations.
In Iowa, 22,931 high school graduates, or 68%, took the ACT. While the percentage of students taking the test is higher in Iowa than it is nationwide, from 2010-2014 the number of ACT test-taking graduates decreased by 0.1% in the state. This decrease is accompanied by a 12% reduction in the estimated number of graduates.