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Vol. 46, No. 62
August 22, 2012
Missouri ACT Scores Remain Unchanged
Average composite score stays the same
For the eighth consecutive year, Missouri's average ACT composite score remains unchanged at 21.6. The national composite score held steady at 21.1 for the second year. This ranks Missouri 26th nationally, up from 27th last year.
"Our goal is to make sure all students in Missouri graduate college and career ready," said Missouri Commissioner of Education Chris L. Nicastro. "The ACT is one indicator."
Percent of 2012 ACT-Tested High School Graduates Meeting College Readiness Benchmarks by Subject
Percent of 2008-2012 Missouri ACT-Tested
Hispanic students showed gains in meeting college readiness benchmarks for English (up 2 points to 62 percent), mathematics (up 1 point to 34 percent) and science (up 3 points to 25 percent), and remained steady at 46 percent for reading. African-Americans increased in mathematics (up 1 point to 13 percent), decreased in English (down 1 point at 38 percent) and remained steady for reading (22 percent) and science (7 percent).
Twenty-nine Missouri students scored a perfect 36 on the exam in 2012. The ACT is scored on a scale of 1 to 36, with 36 being the highest possible score.
The number of Missouri students taking the ACT exam continues to increase, according to data released by ACT today. In 2012, 75 percent or 49,222 graduates tested in Missouri, which is an increase of 4 percent over the previous year.
The number one ranked state in the nation for average ACT composite score in 2012 was Massachusetts with a score of 24.1. Minnesota topped the list for states that test more than 50 percent of its students with an average of 22.8.
While the number of students taking the ACT nationally has risen to over 1.66 million, or 52 percent of graduates tested, ACT reported that 60 percent of these students "met no more than two of the four benchmarks" and are "at risk of not succeeding in college and career".
In 2012, only 25 percent of students taking the ACT nationally met all four college readiness benchmarks, the ACT's measure for predicting college success. In Missouri, this number is 27 percent, up 1 percentage point over last year. Additionally, 16 percent of Missouri students met three benchmarks, 19 percent met two benchmarks, 16 percent met one benchmark and 23 percent met no benchmarks.
The ACT exam is the most frequently utilized college-entry test in Missouri. Founded in 1959, ACT is a nonprofit organization based in Iowa City, Iowa.