ACT Scores Over Time by Race/Ethnicity

Graph reads: Between 2005 and 2009, the average ACT composite score for Asian American/Pacific Islander high school graduates increased from 22.1 to 23.2.
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Average composite ACT scores for American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian American/Pacific Islander, Hispanic, and White graduates increased between 2005 and 2009. African American graduates’ average ACT score, however, declined by 0.1 scale point over this period.

Asian American/Pacific Islander graduates had the highest average composite ACT scores and the largest score increase (+1.1 scale points) during this time. The average composite ACT scores for American Indian/Alaska Native, White, and Hispanic graduates increased between 0.1 and 0.3 point. These score changes have occurred although 25% more high school graduates have taken the ACT.

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