ATLANTA -- Georgia's performance on the ACT college entrance exam was flat this year as the number of students taking the test rose.
Data released Wednesday shows that 21 percent of graduating seniors in Georgia met college-ready standards for English, math, reading and science. That trails the national average of 25 percent.
About 43,000 students, or nearly half of seniors, took the test in Georgia, up from about 40,000 last year.
Traditionally, more Georgia students take the SAT each year, but the number of students taking the ACT is growing.
Georgia students scored an average of 20.6 on the test out of a possible 36, compared to the national score of 21.