Less than 30 percent of California's 2014 high school graduates took the ACT test, which assesses students for college and career readiness, according to a report released Wednesday.

"The Condition of College and Career Readiness 2014" report by ACT, a nonprofit organization that developed the tests, showed that a higher percentage of graduates took the test in 37 other states. However, the 29 percent of California graduates tested scored higher on average than those nationwide: 71 percent met English benchmarks for college readiness, 57 percent met math targets, 51 percent met reading benchmarks and 43 percent met science targets.

Nationwide, 57 percent of graduates took the tests, with 64 percent meeting English benchmarks, 43 percent meeting math targets, 44 percent meeting reading benchmarks and 37 percent reaching science goals. The report is at www.act.org/newsroom/data/2014.



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