When it comes to college entrance exams, how did
the high school Class of 2009 do?
In the words of one test official, "We've got more in the pool -- now we've got to get better swimmers."
Average scores on the ACT exam held steady for this year's graduating high school seniors. That's a sign of modest progress, considering the pool of students taking the test continues to expand.
Nationally, more students earned scores indicating they're prepared to succeed in college in all four areas tested by the ACT: English, math, reading and science. However, the increases were slight.
And more than three-quarters of graduates still fail to meet that benchmark, suggesting that those going on to college will need remedial work in at least one subject.
A record 1.48 million students graduating in 2009 took the ACT. That's up 4 percent from the year before and up 25 percent over four years.