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Dorn Congratulates Class of 2012 on ACT Results
Washington students finished with the nation’s fifth highest average composite score

OLYMPIA (August 22, 2012)—Washington 12th graders have again outscored the national average on the ACT exam in the 2011‒12 school year, according to numbers released by ACT today.

Washington’s average composite score was 22.9, which was the nation’s fifth highest, behind students in Massachusetts (24.1), Connecticut and New Hampshire (23.8), Maine and New Jersey (23.4) and New York (23.3) and tied with Rhode Island. 

A “composite score” consists of four content areas: English, reading, math and science. Scores are scaled from 1 (lowest) to 36 (highest). This year’s national average composite score was 21.1.

Just over 21 percent of Washington 12th graders (13,929) took the ACT in the 2011‒12 school year, a record for ACT participation in this state. 

“Our scores and participation rate on national assessments continue to rise,” State Superintendent Randy Dorn said. “The students who take these tests are planning for their future and performing at a high level.”

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