Kentucky's eighth- and 10th-grade public school students were successful in slightly raising their overall scores in most subject areas on the EXPLORE and PLAN tests given in fall 2010.
State law requires all eighth- and 10th-graders in Kentucky public schools to take the tests. EXPLORE, which is given to eighth-graders, measures students' readiness for high school. PLAN, given to 10th-graders, is a predictor of success on the ACT.
Educators use results from the tests to spot individual students' areas of weakness and schoolwide areas that need improvement. They can then plan changes to strengthen learning.
Results released Thursday show that for 2010, in terms of college readiness benchmarks, there was some improvement but readiness results were low in math and science.
The percentages of eighth-graders meeting or exceeding readiness benchmarks on EXPLORE in 2010 were 59 percent in English, 32 percent in math, 39 percent in reading and 14 percent in science.
The percentages of 10th-graders meeting or exceeding college readiness benchmarks on PLAN were 60 percent in English, 25 percent in math, 43 percent in reading and 16 percent in science.