More Ga. students passing all of ACT sections

Georgia saw a slight increase in the percentage of high school students passing muster on all four sections of the ACT college-entrance exam, even as the number of students taking the test rose.

New data released Wednesday shows that 21 percent of the 40,000 Georgia students who took the test met college-ready standards for English, math, reading and science. That's up from 20.6 percent last year.

This year, 44 percent of Georgia students took the ACT, compared to 40 percent last year. That number has increased steadily over the last few years in a state where the majority of students typically take the exam's competitor, the SAT.

Georgia students scored an average of 20.7 on the test out of a possible 36, compared to the national score of 21.