MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama students' ACT scores are slowly inching upward but they still trail the national average, according to a report being released Wednesday by the makers of the popular college entrance exam.
The maximum score on the test is 36 points and Alabama students scored an average 20.4 in 2008, up from 20.3 the previous year.
The national average was 21.1 this year, down from 21.2 in 2007.
Ed Colby is a spokesman for the Iowa City-based ACT and says Alabama has something to feel good about, but "with the understanding that there's a lot of hard work ahead."
The percent of Alabama students who met reading benchmarks improved two points from 46 to 48 percent while the tally for English increased by one point to 68 percent.
But the percentages in math remain unchanged for the third straight year and science was steady for the second consecutive year.
For more information click 2008 ACT College Readiness Report