One-fourth of this year's graduating class who took the ACT college-readiness exam met benchmarks in English, reading, math and science, indicating they could earn B's or C's in entry-level college courses. Students performed better in English and reading than in science and math, and the scores are an increase from 2005, when 21% of students were considered college-ready. While observers are pleased with the uptick in overall readiness, they note that three-quarters of students still are unprepared for college-level work.

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