Washington’s ACT Participation and Results Slowly Continue to Rise
OLYMPIA — August 20, 2014 — Washington’s 12th graders have again outscored the national average on the ACT exam in the 2013‒14 school year, according to numbers released by ACT today.
Washington’s average composite score is 23. That is the nation’s seventh highest among the 46 states and the District of Columba in which at least 20 percent of graduating seniors took the test.
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 is 21.
“Our students perform well, overall, on the ACT, and they continue to improve,” said State Superintendent Randy Dorn. “But the achievement gap remains between racial subgroups and we need to do better.”
About 22 percent of Washington 12th graders (14,667) took the ACT. This number reflects a consistent, slightly upward trend in ACT participation.
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