Among the high school class of 2012, only 43 percent of SAT test-takers met the SAT "College & Career Readiness Benchmark," an index specifying the level of academic preparedness associated with success in college, a statement from the non-profit College Board, which administers the tests, said in its "SAT Report on College & Career Readiness".
"This report should serve as a call to action to expand access to rigor for more students," said College Board President Gaston Caperton. "When less than half the kids who want to go to college are prepared to do so, that system is failing."
The College Board said the percentage is consistent with the scores of the class of 2011, which also met the benchmark at a rate of 43 percent.
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