Selections from the 2006 National Score Report

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Number of Graduating Seniors Taking the ACT, 1996–2006

19961997199819992000200120022003200420052006
924,663 959,301 995,039 1,019,053 1,065,138 1,069,772 1,116,082 1,175,059 1,171,460 1,186,251 1,206,455


National Average ACT Composite Score, 1996–2006

19961997199819992000200120022003200420052006
20.9 21.0 21.0 21.0 21.0 21.0 20.8 20.8 20.9 20.9 21.1

Score Range 1–36


National Average ACT English Score, 1996–2006

19961997199819992000200120022003200420052006
20.3 20.3 20.4 20.5 20.5 20.5 20.2 20.3 20.4 20.4 20.6

Score Range 1–36


2006 ACT Writing Test Score Averages

African American/Black6.8
American Indian/Alaska Native7.1
Caucasian American/White7.8
Hispanic7.4
Asian American/Pacific Islander8.0
All Students7.7
Male7.4
Female7.9

Score Range 2–12


National Average ACT Math Score, 1996–2006

19961997199819992000200120022003200420052006
20.2 20.6 20.8 20.7 20.7 20.7 20.6 20.6 20.7 20.7 20.8

Score Range 1–36


National Average ACT Reading Score, 1996–2006

19961997199819992000200120022003200420052006
21.3 21.3 21.4 21.4 21.4 21.3 21.1 21.2 21.3 21.3 21.4

Score Range 1–36


National Average ACT Science Score, 1996–2006

19961997199819992000200120022003200420052006
21.1 21.1 21.1 21.0 21.0 21.0 20.8 20.8 20.9 20.9 20.9

Score Range 1–36


National Average ACT Composite Score by Gender, 1996–2006

  19961997199819992000200120022003200420052006
Males 21.0 21.1 21.2 21.1 21.2 21.1 20.9 21.0 21.0 21.1 21.2
Females 20.8 20.8 20.9 20.9 20.9 20.9 20.7 20.8 20.9 20.9 21.0

Score Range 1–36


Average ACT Composite Score by Race/Ethnic Group, 2006

African American/Black17.1
American Indian/Alaska Native18.8
Caucasian American/White22.0
Hispanic18.6
Asian American/Pacific Islander22.3
Other/No Response21.1

Score Range 1–36


Percent of ACT-Tested Graduates Ready for College-Level Coursework, 2002–2006

  20022003200420052006
College English Composition
(ACT English Test–Benchmark Score = 18)
67 67 68 68 69
College Algebra
(ACT Math Test–Benchmark Score = 2)
39 40 40 41 42
College Social Science
(ACT Reading Test–Benchmark Score = 21)
53 52 52 51 53
College Biology
(ACT Science Test–Benchmark Score = 24)
26 26 26 26 27
Students Meeting All Four ACT Benchmark Scores 20 20 21 21 21


Level of Preparation of ACT-Tested Graduates, 1996–2006

  19961997199819992000200120022003200420052006
Core curriculum or more 59 59 61 60 61 60 58 57 56 56 54
Less than core curriculum 38 38 36 36 35 35 36 35 35 34 34
No coursework reported 3 3 3 4 4 5 6 8 9 10 12