41.9 percent of Mattoon High School's 2015 senior class enrolled was 'college ready'
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) said 41.9 percent of Mattoon High School's 2015 senior class was "college ready."
The state average for college readiness in 2015 was 46 percent. Northside College Preparatory High School (98.1 percent) had the highest college readiness rate in the state. Robeson High School (0 percent) had the lowest.
All students who score a 21 on the ACT qualify as "college ready."
"(This score) shows that students have learned important academic skills that they will need in order to succeed in college and careers," ISBE wrote in its analysis. "While academic preparation is an essential part of readiness for college and careers, students also need persistence, motivation, time management, and technical skills."
MHS students did better on math (38.0 percent) and English (62.4 percent), and worse on science (29.5) and reading (34.5).
Only 18.6 percent of MHS students were college ready in all four subjects, according to ISBE. That's down from 22.2 in 2014.
The 2015 state average for college readiness in all four subjects was 25 percent.
Among high schools in Coles County, the class of 2015 college readiness rate at Charleston High School (53.6 percent) was higher than at MHS. Enrollment at MHS in 2015 was 1,063; 278 students (26.15 percent) were freshmen; 266 (25.02 percent) were seniors.