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ACT scores lower, but more students college ready

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NEW ORLEANS (KNOE 8 News/AP) - The average composite score for Louisiana students taking the ACT college readiness test dropped from 20.3 in 2012 to 19.5 for 2013, but the number of students who scored well enough to attend college without remedial work increased by 3,600.

The figures show results for the first year that all Louisiana high school students were required to take the ACT - regardless of whether they expressed intent to go to college.

The state education department says 45,303 public and private school students took the test this year, an increase of 8,569 students.

Louisiana joined the ranks of states requiring students to take the ACT because it provides students with an opportunity to measure educational progress and college readiness, while helping the state measure schools' effectiveness.

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