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Disparity in Iowa's Rising ACT Scores
MARION, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28)--New numbers show that more Iowa students are ready for their diplomas than in many other states.
Student scores on the test this year showed some improvement when compared to last year's scores.
Unfortunately, it wasn't all good news.
The new ACT report is on a record 1.8 million students, that's 54 percent of the 2013 U.S graduating class and Iowa students are doing well.
"Iowa graduates have maintained their performance levels in college and career readiness despite the mix of student testing having changed over the last five years, said vice president for career and college readiness, Paul Weeks.
In the scores 32 percent of the Iowa 2013 graduates were found to be college-ready and in every category from English and math to social science and science Iowa students surpass the national average.
Thats good news for Iowa's high schools because scores were up two percentage points from 30 percent last year.
But the report also shows a weakness in Iowa - minority students are less likely than white students to even take the test and for those that do, the test results are generally lower.
"We still have a lot of work to do, Week said.
"The biggest thing for us is to look at the data and really formulate a plan if there's a need in an area we see concerns with, said director of teaching and learning for Linn-Mar high school, Jeff Frost.
Linn-Mar school officials say they haven't gotten a chance to break down the new report, *but this element isn't as disturbing as it may be in other districts.
"We don't have as large a minority population as other urban schools do, Frost said.
Still, they, and districts around the state, will look at the numbers, looking for ways to take the numbers even higher next year.
The state's overall score was just over one-percent better than the national average.