UPDATE: More Miss. students taking ACT test

JACKSON — Average Mississippi scores on the ACT college entrance exam held steady for the high school class of 2009 as the number of students taking the test increased.

The composite score of 18.9 was the same as the previous year. The average composite score nationwide was 21.1.

The percent of Mississippi students showing they could succeed in college in the areas of English, math, reading and science rose slightly to 10 percent from 9 percent, meaning most high school graduates will need remedial classes in college. The national average was 23 percent.

In Mississippi, 25,976 students took the test. The figure was 25,641 last year. The percent of black students taking the test also rose to 40 percent, up from 37 percent.

The Associated Press