The number of Louisiana public high school seniors scoring 18 or higher on the ACT increased by 3,600, Education Superintendent John White announced Wednesday.
White says the scores mean thousands more students have the opportunity to attend four-year and two-year colleges without the requirement of remedial coursework.
For the graduating class of 2012, approximately 18,000 seniors scored an 18 or higher out of nearly 26,000 with an ACT score.
This year, the first in which the state required that every graduate take the ACT, nearly 22,000 seniors posted an 18 or higher out of approximately 37,000 testing, a 20 percent increase in college eligible students.
Not only did the overall number of students scoring above 18 increase, White said, but also the number of students scoring at each level of the test above 18 (the test's top score is 36), earning more students admissions to the colleges of their choice, with scholarship opportunities.