AUSTIN (KXAN) - A record-setting number of Texas high school students took the ACT college admissions test this year, according to new data released by the Texas Education Agency.
Hispanic students played a big part in the increase. Their numbers doubled throughout the past five years.
Some 110,180 Texas students took the ACT this year, a 39 percent increase from 2008. The national number in that same time period bumped up only 17 percent.
The growth in Texas was particularly strong for two student groups. The number of Hispanic students who took the ACT rose from 20,198 in 2008 to 40,827 in 2012. The number of Asian students in Texas who took the exam rose from 2,897 to 4,746 during this five-year period.
But test scores did not parallel the increase in participation. The composite score for Texas students this year was 20.8, the same as the past four years. A perfect score on the ACT is 36.
The top 10 Texas universities being sent scores by ACT test takers are, in descending order:
- Texas A&M University – College Station
- The University of Texas at Austin
- Texas Tech University
- Texas State University
- Baylor University
- The University of Texas at San Antonio
- The University of Texas – Pan American
- University of North Texas
- University of Houston – Main Campus
- Texas Christian University
The freezing and near-freezing rain that swooped into Central Texas overnight prompted numerous school closings and delays and made for a harrowing morning commute on Friday.
A man is expected to survive after being stabbed in the head at the Salvation Army shelter in Downtown Austin at about 3:45 a.m. Friday.
As the Austin area prepares itself for an impending winter storm on Friday, Dec. 6, many schools have already announced delays.
With freezing temperatures pushing through the region, heating systems will likely be working overtime, which can bring rising energy bills.
Investigators are looking into an overnight fire that left one woman with third-degree burns.
Caldwell County residents gathered Thursday evening to organize their fight against a proposed landfill that they say poses a hazard that they don't need.