South Carolina high school students saw their ACT scores drop 8 percent points last year. The state Education Department said the decrease is due to this being the first year that the test was mandatory for Juniors and Senior students. Last year only 62 percent of students in South Carolina took the test.
If this year is considered a benchmark year for South Carolina then there could be increases next year. 11 percent (5,620) of students came within two points of meeting the “college ready” requirements in English and 13 percent (6,642 of students) scored within two points of the standard for Science.