The 1997 ACT High School Profile Report -- National Normative Data

Table 10   Table 11

Table 10: Average ACT Composite Scores by Career Cluster

Plan on 2-years or less of College
Reference Group Total Core
or More
Less Than
Core
Males Females
No. Ave. No. Ave. No. Ave. No. Ave. No. Ave.
Business Cont (02-03) 5657 16.9 1729 18.1 3881 16.4 931 17.1 4726 16.8
Business Oper (04-05) 8708 17.3 2534 18.4 6100 16.9 3332 17.3 5376 17.4
Technical (06-07) 13262 17.3 3897 18.6 9233 16.7 8581 17.3 4681 17.2
Science (08-09) 6502 18.1 2109 19.3 4311 17.5 3381 18.1 3121 18.0
Arts (10-11) 3187 18.0 1030 19.0 2121 17.5 878 18.3 2309 17.9
Social Service (12-01) 3957 17.1 1175 18.2 2742 16.6 903 17.1 3054 17.1
Other * 19796 17.0 6104 18.1 13361 16.5 8332 17.0 11464 17.0
Total 61069 17.2 18578 18.4 41749 16.7 26338 17.3 34731 17.2
Plan on 4-years or more of College
Reference Group Total Core
or More
Less Than
Core
Males Females
No. Ave. No. Ave. No. Ave. No. Ave. No. Ave.
Business Cont (02-03) 90175 20.6 56325 21.5 33273 19.1 27407 21.3 62768 20.3
Business Oper (04-05) 63147 20.7 37741 21.6 25026 19.2 29047 20.7 34100 20.6
Technical (06-07) 85655 20.9 52994 22.0 31976 19.3 53845 21.0 31810 20.9
Science (08-09) 112055 22.5 74620 23.4 36494 20.9 55420 22.8 56635 22.3
Arts (10-11)78549 22.6 51566 23.4 26388 21.0 25131 22.9 53418 22.4
Social Service (12-01) 82572 21.1 50752 22.0 31174 19.7 22998 21.3 59574 21.0
Other * 291735 21.3 187232 22.3 101334 19.7 131978 21.5 159757 21.2
Total 803888 21.4 511230 22.3 285665 19.8 345826 21.6 458062 21.3
* Other = Students who had World-of-Work regions that differed from those listed.

Table 11: Percentage Distribution of Planned Educational Majors and Vocational Choices

Planned Education Major
Male
Female
Total
Number
of
Students
Average
ACT
Composite Score
Certainty
(Percent)
(Percent)
(Percent)
(Percent)
Very Fairly Educ
Major
1st
Voc
Educ
Major
1st
Voc
Educ
Major
1st
Voc
Agriculture & Ag Technology 21085 19.5 36 49 4 4 1 1 2 2
Architectural & Env Design 20400 20.8 38 48 3 3 2 2 2 2
Business & Management 101423 20.5 34 51 13 13 10 10 11 11
Business & Office 9157 18.0 31 52 0 0 1 2 1 1
Marketing & Distribution 5732 19.2 29 52 0 0 1 1 1 1
Comm & Comm Technology 36140 21.2 35 48 4 4 4 5 4 4
Community & Personal Services 32063 18.7 45 44 4 4 3 4 4 4
Computer & Info Science 28232 21.1 40 49 5 5 2 1 3 3
Cross-Disciplinary Studies 904 23.5 20 46 0 0 0 0 0 0
Education 49967 20.2 47 43 2 2 8 9 6 6
Teacher Education 36484 20.3 44 44 4 4 4 5 4 5
Planned Education Major
Male
Female
Total
Number
of
Students
Average
ACT
Composite Score
Certainty
(Percent)
(Percent)
(Percent)
(Percent)
Very Fairly Educ
Major
1st
Voc
Educ
Major
1st
Voc
Educ
Major
1st
Voc
Engineering (Pre) 63601 22.9 36 51 13 12 3 2 7 6
Engineer-Related Technology 15644 20.9 33 52 4 4 0 1 2 2
Foreign Languages 3434 23.1 34 48 0 0 1 0 0 0
Health Science & Allied 183863 20.9 51 41 12 13 27 28 21 22
Home Economics 6558 18.9 41 45 0 0 1 1 1 1
Letters 6941 24.8 30 52 1 0 1 1 1 1
Mathematics 3832 24.3 26 51 1 0 0 0 0 0
Philosophy, Religion, Theology 5576 22.4 48 38 1 1 0 0 1 1
Sciences (Bio and Phy) 44852 23.5 35 50 5 4 5 4 5 4
Social Sciences 77366 21.8 39 48 6 5 11 10 9 8
Trade & Industrial 10128 18.7 44 43 2 3 0 0 1 2
Visual/Performing Arts 45344 21.3 45 42 5 5 5 5 5 5
Undecided 86366 20.7 7 11 11 11 9 7 10 9
No Response to Ed Major 64209
Total Students in Report 959301

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