ACT Scores Over Time

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Test scores dropped slightly between 2009 and 2013, with most of the decrease seen in 2013. About 22% more high school students took the ACT over this period, and the tested population of students became more diverse.

ACT Composite score averages ranged between 21.1 and 20.9 points during this time. The four subject score averages (English, Reading, Mathematics, and Science) showed similar changes in absolute value.

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Average ACT Scores, 2009–2013

Graph reads: Between 2009 and 2013, the average ACT Reading score for all high school graduates decreased slightly from 21.4 to 21.1.

Subject20092010201120122013
English20.620.520.620.520.2
Reading21.421.321.321.321.1
Mathematics21.021.021.121.120.9
Science20.920.920.920.920.7
Composite21.121.021.121.120.9