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According to a report issued by a nonprofit assessment and research company, Delaware’s 2011 graduates performed better on the ACT than other seniors nationally in every subject. Seventy four percent met the ACT’s college readiness benchmark compared to sixty six percent nationally.

The ACT benchmark percentages for the individual subjects are as follows:

Subject                 Delaware                             Nationally

Reading                 66%                                        52%

Math                        57%                                        45%

Science                  39%                                        30%

Of the 1,481 test takers this year, 816 were from public schools. They were part of the first class to come under the revised graduation requirements that mandate four credits in English and math and three credits each in science and social studies. Math coursework must include Algebra II and a math course during the senior year. According to the report, the percentage of students who met the benchmarks were those who met the ACT’s definition of core curriculum, which is four years of English and three years each of mathematics and science.

For 26 years, Back to Basics Learning Dynamics Inc. has been recognized as the undisputed leader in one-on-one tutoring in Delaware. In addition, the company offers a unique Department of Education-approved Private School for grades K-12 and a Private Business and Trade School for ages 16 and older. Back to Basics is the 2010 Better Business Bureau Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics.

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