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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina parents and educators are getting a clearer picture of how prepared high school students are for college-level work, and the answer is that students on average are below their peers nationwide.

The company behind the ACT college admission test said Wednesday that the average score fell for North Carolina students this year, the first time the state required all high school juniors to take the exam.

The statewide average of 18.7 points in the test of English, math, reading, and science knowledge was below this year’s national average of 20.9. North Carolina’s average composite score fell from 21.9 points last year.

North Carolina is one of just nine states that tests all students. Previously just one in five North Carolina students chose to take the ACT.

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