Executive Summary

Average ACT Scores by Level of Academic Preparation


Year No. of Students Percent English Math Reading Sci. Reas. Composite
Core* Less* Core/Less Core/Less Core/Less Core/Less Core/Less Core/Less
1997 566141 361947 59/ 38 21.5/18.6 21.8/18.7 22.5/19.7 22.1/19.6 22.1/19.3
1998 606406 354306 61/ 36 21.5/18.6 22.0/18.9 22.4/19.7 22.0/19.6 22.1/19.3
1999 615545 367537 60/ 36 21.6/18.7 21.8/18.9 22.4/19.8 21.9/19.6 22.0/19.4
2000 645513 376645 61/ 35 21.5/18.8 21.8/19.0 22.4/19.8 21.9/19.7 22.0/19.5
2001 645258 369921 60/ 35 21.5/18.8 21.7/19.0 22.2/19.8 21.8/19.8 21.9/19.5

Core = students who reported completing or planning to complete the recommended core college-preparatory curriculum

Less = those who did not
Note: 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 for Total Group


Year No. of
Students
English MathReading Sci. Reas.Composite
1997 959301 20.3 20.6 21.3 21.1 21.0
1998 995039 20.4 20.8 21.4 21.1 21.0
1999 1019053 20.5 20.7 21.4 21.0 21.0
2000 1065138 20.5 20.7 21.4 21.0 21.0
2001 1069772 20.5 20.7 21.3 21.0 21.0

ACT Quartile Values


Quartile* ACT Score
English Math Reading Sci. Reas. Composite
75th Percentile 24.4 24.4 25.5 24.0 24.3
50th Percentile – Median 20.2 19.8 21.2 20.8 20.7
25th Percentile 16.5 16.8 16.6 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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