More California students are taking and performing well on a national test that assesses college and career readiness - and scoring significantly higher than the national average, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced this week.
The ACT exam is a curriculum-based measure of college readiness of high school seniors in English, mathematics, reading and science. It also includes an optional writing test.
According to an annual report released by the organization that administers the exam, 103,000 California students took the exam in 2012, up 4,000 from 2011, and 31,000 from 2008.
According to ACT, students reaching a minimum benchmark score - which varies by subject - have a 50 percent chance of obtaining a B grade or higher in the corresponding college course.