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Local teacher weighs in on lowering ACT scores

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) – ACT scores are the lowest in 30 years. The average ACT composite score in Alabama is 18, which is below average.

Local college prep teacher Chris Lawson says the pandemic is partly to blame.

“We’ve seen a real decline in college readiness in general, which was the point of these requests,” Lawson said, “Especially when it comes to math, because it’s difficult for some students to learn virtually.”

Lawrence says another reason for the decline is a drop in ACT requirements from many colleges.

The University of Alabama in Huntsville is currently voluntary. An Alabama A&M spokeswoman says the school may move away from the ACT test requirement.

Lawrence says the drop in scores shouldn’t be a cause for concern.

“I don’t think it’s a concern, I don’t think it’s like, ‘You better get serious now,’ so you’re not really ready for college,” Lawson said, “It’s more like, no, I I admit that I’m diverting my energy and I don’t really care about this. And no school will ever see it.”

Lawrence says getting a coach is one of the best ways to help keep your scores down. They note that this is not always a suitable option for some families. Another way parents can help is by simply getting involved with their child’s education.

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