According to results from the first comprehensive ACT testing of Mississippi juniors, 41 percent met the benchmark score in English, while 16 met the science benchmark score. Overall, only 9 percent of Mississippi juniors met all four college readiness benchmark scores.
29,819 students were tested statewide resulting in an average score of 17.6. The highest composite score outside of the MS School for Math and Science and the MS School for the Arts, schools for gifted students, was 21.0 at Gulfport High School. The lowest composite score was 13.4 at Ruleville Central High School in the Sunflower Consolidated School District, and in West Oktibbeha High School in Oktibbeha County School District.
The Mississippi Legislature appropriated $1.3 million for the program.