Pandemic Side Effect? Kids Bombing College Admissions Tests at ‘Particularly Alarming’ Rate

TheACT College Admissions Test dropped to its lowest level in 30 years after the pandemic swept the nation ‘s schools.

The average composite score for the class of 2022 was 19.8 out of 36, the lowest level since 1991. The graduates of this year ‘s senior high school were affected by the pandemic for three years.

These total results fuel concerns that post pandemic graduates are not prepared for college work. 42 percent of the ACT graduates failed to meet up with the college readiness benchmarks( English, reading, math, science). Year In the past , 38 percent of students failed to meet the benchmarks.

The magnitude of the declines this year is particularly alarming, said ACT CEO Janet Godwin. We see rapidly growing numbers of seniors leaving senior high school without meeting college readiness benchmarks in any of the subjects we measure, he said.

A growing number of students are choosing not to take ACT tests. Since 2018, the real variety of students taking the ACT has dropped by thirty percent. More universities have made ACT and SAT tests mandatory since the pandemic started. The National Center for Open and Fair Testing says 1, 800 colleges are longer required to take these tests no. Some Ivy League schools, including Harvard, have made SAT and ACT testing optional due to the pandemic.

These systemic failures require sustained collective action and support for the academic recovery of high school students as an urgent national priority and imperative, Godwin said in a statement.

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