Summary

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

Average ACT scores by level of academic preparation


Those with Core or More Those with Less than Core
Reference Year Number Eng Math Rdng Sci Comp. Number Eng Math Rdng Sci Comp.
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
1998-99 615545 21.6 21.8 22.4 21.9 22.0 367537 18.7 18.9 19.8 19.6 19.4
1999-00 645513 21.5 21.8 22.4 21.8 22.0 376645 18.8 19.0 19.8 19.7 19.5

Below are listed the summary statistics for all ACT-tested graduates on all five scores.


Average ACT scores for total group


Reference Year Number English Mathematics Reading Science Reasoning Composite
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
1998-99 1019053 20.5 20.7 21.4 21.0 21.0
1999-00 1065138 20.5 20.7 21.4 21.0 21.0

Below are listed the ACT quartile values for all 2000 ACT-tested graduates on all five scores.


ACT quartile values*


Quartile* English Mathematics Reading Science Reasoning Composite
Q3 (75th percentile) 24.3 24.4 25.7 23.9 24.3
Q2 (50th percentile - median) 20.3 19.7 21.1 20.8 20.7
Q1 (25th percentile) 16.5 16.8 16.8 17.9 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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