Washington’s graduating seniors outscore national average

August 22, 2013

By Staff

NEW – 10:25 a.m. Aug. 22, 2013

Washington’s 12th-graders have again outscored the national average on the ACT exam in the 2012‒13 school year, according to numbers released by ACT Aug. 21.

Washington’s average composite score is 22.8, the nation’s seventh highest among states in which at least 20 percent of graduating seniors took the test.

A “composite score” consists of four content areas: English, reading, math and science. Scores are scaled from 1 (lowest) to 36 (highest). This year’s national average composite score is 20.9.

About 21 percent of Washington 12th-graders (14,316) took the ACT in the 2012‒13 school year. This number reflects a consistent, slightly upward trend in ACT participation.

“Our students perform well, overall, on the ACT,” state Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn said. “I’m proud of them. But we still have work to do, as a state, to address the opportunity gap that exists between racial subgroups. Scores remain consistent with no real gains.”

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