ACT Program Preps Bilingual Students For College

Posted: August 16, 2014 at 1:30 a.m.

STAFF PHOTO Spencer Tirey Israel Garcia, from left, looks at a list of words as Hisleny Gracia, Diana Olvera and Aneli Perez listen Friday to teacher Jeanette Arnhart speak during an ACT preparatory class a Heritage High School in Rogers. Students at La Academia ACT are combining strengths in biliteracy with more traditional ACT test preparation.

ROGERS -- This week Manny Mejia, senior at Springdale High School, was getting ready for his sixth crack at the ACT on Sept. 13.

At A Glance

Overall Scores

The College Board, the company that offers the ACT exam, tracks college readiness for African American, American Indian, Asian, Hispanic, Pacific Islander and white students. The company doesn’t track students by language background.

The number of Hispanic students taking the ACT has increased from 8 percent of test takers in 2008 to 14 percent in 2012, according to the company’s most recent readiness report.

Cutoff scores are 18 in English, 21 in reading 22 in mathematics and 24 in science. Cutoff scores on the ACT tests represent a student’s ability to get a 50 percent chance of a B or higher and a 75 percent chance of a C or higher during their first college year. Students who don’t make minimum scores in any one area may have to take remedial college classes.

Source: The College Board

By The Numbers

ACT Benchmarks

The College Board administers the ACT. For 2012 test, the business said:

• 49 percent of Hispanic students met English benchmarks

• 31 percent of Hispanic students met math benchmarks

• 36 percent of Hispanic students met reading benchmarks

• 16 percent of Hispanic students met science benchmarks and

• 13 percent of Hispanic students met all four benchmarks

Source: The College Board

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