OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma -- State Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi said this year's ACT scores show the continued need for all Oklahoma students to take four years of core subjects.
According to figures released Tuesday by the Oklahoma Department of Education, 76 percent of Oklahoma high school graduates took the ACT exam this year, up from 73 percent in 2010.
The average composite score for the state is 20.7, a number unchanged since 2007 and below the national average of 21.1.
The scores showed improvement from last year, but Barresi said they still show educators need to continue to focus on having minority populations participate in Advanced Placement courses.
ACT scores determine whether students enrolling in post-secondary institutions are required to take remedial courses.
Oklahoma high schools posting the highest average ACT composite score for 2011: