OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Oklahoma's scores for the ACT college entrance exam have dropped statewide for 2017 as the number of students taking the test has increased.
The ACT measures skills taught in schools and considered important for success in first-year college courses.
The Oklahoman reports that Oklahoma was among 17 states to have 100 percent of its graduates take the ACT in 2017.
State Schools Superintendent Joy Hofmeister says opening the ACT to all students gives the education department "valuable insight into the skills gap we must overcome for our young people to be competitive nationally."
The number of students this increased this year from the nearly 29,000 in 2016 to more than 42,400. But while participation increased this year, the state's composite score dropped from 20.4 in 2016 to 19.4 in 2017.
Information from: The Oklahoman, http://www.newsok.com
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