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

Table 9: Background Information About the Graduating Class

Number
of
Students
Average ACT
Composite
Score
Percent
HS Curriculum or Program
Business Communication/Vocational-Occupational 93876 17.9 10
College Prep 612954 22.1 64
Other or General or No Response 252471 19.4 26
Request Assistance With:
Ed/Occupational Plans 396762 21.1 41
Expressing Ideas in Writing 217860 19.5 23
Reading/Comprehension 273408 19.3 29
Study Skills 396505 19.6 41
Math Skills 384561 19.2 40
Personal Concerns 110915 19.4 12
Expressed Financial Need
Need Financial Aid 765451 21.0 80
Need to Find Work 643828 20.8 67
Number
of
Students
Average ACT
Composite
Score
Percent
Special College Programs
Independent Study 385683 21.9 40
Honors Courses 287540 23.7 30
Advanced Placement in College
English 270430 22.9 28
Math 232954 23.3 24
Social Studies 241513 22.8 25
Natural Science 227202 23.0 24
Foreign Language 182042 22.5 19
Maximum Yearly College Tuition
$1000 & Under 53645 17.4 6
$1001 - $2000 74713 18.8 8
$2001 - $4000 143475 20.1 15
$4001 - $7500 148835 21.1 16
$7501 & Over 50951 22.0 5
No Preference 401048 22.1 42
No Response 86634 20.4 9
Number
of
Students
Average ACT
Composite
Score
Percent
Grade Level When Tested
Sophomore 5865 20.7 1
Junior 323982 22.1 34
Senior 617972 20.4 64
Other/No Response 11482 19.6 1
College Core Preparation
Core or More 566141 22.1 59
Less Than Core 361947 19.3 38
No Response 31213 20.0 3
Racial-Ethnic Background
African American 90617 17.1 9
American Indian 11509 19.0 1
Caucasian 663878 21.7 69
Mexican American 21511 18.8 2
Asian/Pacific American 28542 21.7 3
Other Hispanic 26841 19.0 3
Other 13153 19.5 1
Multi-Racial 11963 21.2 1
Prefer Not to Respond 27070 22.2 3
No Response 64217 20.1 7
Number
of
Students
Average ACT
Composite
Score
Percent
Estimated Family Income
Less Than $18,000 95891 18.5 10
About $18,000 - $24,000 73629 19.4 8
About $24,000 - $30,000 73057 20.1 8
About $30,000 - $36,000 74431 20.6 8
About $36,000 - $42,000 80349 20.9 8
About $42,000 - $50,000 94438 21.3 10
About $50,000 - $60,000 98440 21.8 10
About $60,000 - $80,000 108386 22.3 11
About $80,000 - $100,000 54581 22.7 6
More Than $100,000 61177 23.4 6
No Response 144922 20.7 15
HS Class Rank
Top Quartile 396936 23.7 41
2nd Quartile 307294 19.6 32
3rd Quartile 155914 17.7 16
4th Quartile 20968 16.7 2
No Response 78189 19.9 8
Number
of
Students
Average ACT
Composite
Score
Percent
Educational Degree Aspiration
Vocational-Technical 13112 17.1 1
2 year College Degree 47957 17.3 5
Bachelors Degree 313355 20.0 33
Graduate Study 196416 22.4 20
Professional Level Degree 294117 22.3 31
Other 25653 18.2 3
No Response 68691 20.1 7
Number of Students
Home Schooled 1926 22.5 0
Earned a GED 593 18.4 0
All Students 959301 21.0 100

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