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Missouri Students Outpace Nation in ACT Scores

The exam utilized more than any other to determine college admissions showed positive marks for Missouri students in 2006. High school students taking the ACT (American College Testing) exam in Missouri scored a higher average in the four core areas of testing (English, Math, Reading and Science) than the national average.

Missouri student's ACT composite score for the four areas was 21.6. The national composite score average was 21.1. In the four core areas, Missouri students scored 21.5 on English, 21.0 on Math, 22.0 on Reading and 21.5 on Science. Nationally, student average scores were 20.6 on English, 20.8 on Math, 21.4 on Reading and 20.9 on Science.

Connecticut students led the nation with a composite score of 23.1, followed by Massachusetts (23.0), Washington (22.9), New Hampshire (22.6) and New York (22.6).

Missouri high school students also outpaced national averages with a higher percentage of ACT test-takers that are ready for college-level courses in each of the four college course areas.

A benchmark score is the minimum score needed on an ACT subject-area to indicate a 50% chance of obtaining a B or higher or about a 75% chance of obtaining a C or higher in the corresponding credit-bearing college courses.

State Average Composite Score Average English Score Average Math Score Average Reading Score Average Science Score Percent of Graduates Tested
National 21.1 20.6 20.8 21.4 20.9 40.0
Connecticut 23.1 23.0 23.0 23.6 22.2 12.0
Massachusetts 23.0 22.9 23.3 23.4 22.0 13.0
Washington 22.9 22.4 22.7 23.6 22.4 15.0
New Hampshire 22.6 22.4 22.5 23.2 21.8 12.0
New York 22.6 21.8 22.9 22.9 22.3 17.0
Vermont 22.5 22.1 22.2 22.9 22.2 19.0
Oregon 22.4 21.6 22.4 23.1 21.9 13.0
Maine 22.3 22.0 21.9 23.1 21.6 10.0
Minnesota 22.3 21.6 22.1 22.6 22.3 67.0
Wisconsin 22.2 21.5 22.0 22.4 22.2 68.0
Iowa 22.1 21.6 21.8 22.5 22.1 65.0
Hawaii 21.9 21.2 22.7 21.9 21.5 17.0
Montana 21.9 21.0 21.7 22.5 21.8 57.0
Nebraska 21.9 21.5 21.6 22.2 21.8 76.0
Kansas 21.8 21.3 21.5 22.3 21.6 75.0
New Jersey 21.8 21.5 22.2 22.0 21.0 8.0
Pennsylvania 21.8 21.3 21.7 22.2 21.4 9.0
South Dakota 21.8 21.0 21.6 22.0 21.8 75.0
Indiana 21.7 21.1 21.6 22.2 21.4 20.0
Utah 21.7 21.2 21.0 22.4 21.6 69.0
Arizona 21.6 20.9 21.9 22.0 21.3 18.0
California 21.6 21.1 22.2 21.8 20.8 14.0
Missouri 21.6 21.5 21.0 22.0 21.5 70.0
Wyoming 21.6 20.7 21.0 22.4 21.7 71.0
Michigan 21.5 20.7 21.2 21.8 21.7 67.0
Nevada 21.5 20.8 21.5 22.0 21.2 27.0
Ohio 21.5 20.8 21.3 21.9 21.5 66.0
Delaware 21.4 20.7 21.3 22.1 21.0 5.0
Idaho 21.4 20.6 21.1 22.1 21.2 57.0
Maryland 21.4 21.1 21.4 21.9 20.9 12.0
North Dakota 21.4 20.5 21.4 21.6 21.5 80.0
Rhode Island 21.2 20.9 21.1 21.8 20.7 8.0
Alaska 21.1 20.0 21.2 21.7 20.8 25.0
Virginia 21.1 20.6 21.0 21.4 20.7 15.0
Tennessee 20.7 20.8 19.9 21.1 20.3 93.0
Arkansas 20.6 20.7 19.9 20.9 20.3 75.0
Kentucky 20.6 20.2 19.9 21.1 20.5 76.0
West Virginia 20.6 20.8 19.6 21.2 20.5 64.0

For national and individual state reports, click here: http://www.act.org/news/data.html


 
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