The Arkansas Department of Higher Education says the number of students who aren't academically prepared for college continues to drop.
According to the department, 8,667 out of 20,064 students needed to take a remedial college class in 2013. That's a rate of 43.2 percent - and it's down from 55 percent in 2009.
The report tallies the number of first-time students who scored below 19 in at least one area of the ACT college admissions test.
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that all public four-year colleges in the state - with the exception of Henderson State University - saw decreases in the number of its test takers requiring remediation.
Henderson State's rate inched up from 45.2 percent in 2012 to 45.4 percent in 2013.