ACT Scores Slip

Career College Central summary:

  • The 2013 ACT scores are the lowest they’ve been in five years, with the biggest drops occurring in the English and reading sections.
  • With a 20.9 composite average, the high school class of 2013’s composite average is down from 21.1 last year, and English and reading scores (averaging 20.2 and 21.1) are down 0.3 and 0.2 points, respectively.
  • More students are taking the exam — some of whom are required by schools to do so but have no collegiate aspirations — which accounts in part for the lower scores. ACT also made some logistical changes this year: updating the reading and science benchmarks, and including scores of students who were accommodated with extra time.
  • The score decline in composite average as well as for each individual benchmark — English, reading, mathematics and science – was steeper among students who did not complete a high school core curriculum comprising four years of English and three years of each other benchmark subject.

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