The 1998 ACT High School Profile Report — National Data

Summary

The table below compares average ACT scores for students who reported the recommended core, or college-preparatory, curriculum with those who did not. Please note that state departments of education may have different definitions of the college preparatory courses and may therefore publish reports showing slightly different data.


  Those with Core or More Those with Less than Core
Reference Year Number Eng Math Rdng Sci Comp. Number Eng Math Rdng Sci Comp.
1993-94 478885 21.5 21.5 22.5 22.1 22.0 359974 18.6 18.3 19.6 19.5 19.1
1994-95 529146 21.4 21.5 22.4 22.0 22.0 360925 18.5 18.3 19.6 19.5 19.1
1995-96 542136 21.5 21.5 22.5 22.1 22.0 354733 18.6 18.4 19.7 19.6 19.2
1996-97 566141 21.5 21.8 22.5 22.1 22.1 361947 18.6 18.7 19.7 19.6 19.3
1997-98 606406 21.5 22.0 22.4 22.0 22.1 354306 18.6 18.9 19.7 19.6 19.3

Summary statistics for all ACT-tested graduates on all five scores.


Reference Year Number English Mathematics Reading Science Reasoning Composite
1993-94 891714 20.3 20.2 21.2 20.9 20.8
1994-95 945369 20.2 20.2 21.3 21.0 20.8
1995-96 924663 20.3 20.2 21.3 21.1 20.9
1996-97 959301 20.3 20.6 21.3 21.1 21.0
1997-98 995039 20.4 20.8 21.4 21.1 21.0

Quartile values for all 1998 ACT-tested graduates on all five scores.


Quartile* English Mathematics Reading Science Reasoning Composite
Q3 (75th percentile) 24.3 24.5 25.4 24.1 24.3
Q2 (50th percentile - median) 20.1 19.8 21.1 20.8 20.7
Q1 (25th percentile) 16.5 16.8 16.9 17.8 17.5

* The quartile values are interpolated and are based upon calculated student percentile ranks that may differ from the cumulative percentages reported in the frequency distribution tables in the High School Profile Report.

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