Professor Wins ACT Challenge

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

A college professor and Iowa's Education Department director have answered the challenge of the ACT college readiness examination.

University of Kentucky professor Scott McLeod in February challenged Gov. Terry Branstad after the governor had called for all Iowa juniors to take either the ACT or SAT tests. McLeo says he's a skeptic about standardized testing.

Branstad declined, but Education Director Jason Glass said he'd take the test and dared McLeod to join him.

So the two sat down Monday at Roosevelt High School in Des Moines and took the ACT again.

Glass received a composite score of 27 out of 36. McLeod finished with a composite score of 34. Iowa's average composite for the Class of 2011 was 22.3. The national average was 21.1.

Both men have doctorates.


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