Thursday, August 19, 2010

More Md., Va. students taking ACT for college entrance, data show

By Michael Birnbaum
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, August 19, 2010

An increasing number of Maryland and Virginia high school students are taking the ACT college entrance test in a region where the SAT has long been dominant, according to data released Wednesday.

In Virginia this year, 22 percent of high school seniors who graduated took the ACT at some point in school, up from 19 percent in 2009, according to the state Department of Education.

This year's SAT data have not yet been released. But the percentage of graduating Virginia high school seniors who took the SAT dropped from 73 percent in 2007 to 58 percent in 2009.

In Maryland, the number of graduating seniors who took the ACT grew this year, too, to 11,924 from 11,317 in 2009, the Iowa-based ACT organization reported. The number of seniors taking the SAT dropped slightly from 2008 to 2009, but it remains the state's most widely used test. The number of D.C. students taking the ACT has been flat since 2008.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

And after reading the article, the overall "jest" is that blacks scored lower than whites and asians.

Why in the world do we have to beat this dead horse back into the third century, B.C.?

My family doctor for 30 years, brilliant, handicapped, community leader, excellent businessman, graduate of an IVY league med school, etc....................... Oh my, did I forget to mention that he's, "black"?

Who cares? For the last thirty years, his skin color has not had a damned thing to do with his success, my health, and probably the most highly respected medical practice in Southern, Md.