Fla. ACT Scores Continue to Fall, State Remains 48th Nationally

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida has posted a slightly lower score than last year to continue a steady decline on the ACT college entrance test, but remains mired in 48th place nationally.

The 2008 results were released today. They show the state's graduating high school class had a composite score of 19.8 compared
to a national figure of 21.1. Florida's score was down 0.1 from last year and 0.6 over five years.

Only two states, Michigan and Mississippi , and the District of Columbia ranked lower than Florida.

More than 90,000 Florida students took the ACT this year.

Florida Education Commissioner Eric J. Smith says he's encouraged so many students took the test, but the dismal scores show schools need to put more emphasis on tougher coursework.

He says a new state law will help because it requires his department to develop stricter academic standards.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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