National ACT Score Gains Biggest in 20 Years


National ACT (test) scores rose significantly in 2006. The ACT is America’s most widely accepted college entrance exam. This year’s increase is the biggest in 20 years, with the average score reaching its highest level since 1991.

Richard L. Ferguson, ACT’s chief executive officer said, “The results suggest that student academic achievement and college readiness are on the rise.”

Many students have college-ready skills in English (69%), math (42%), reading (53%), and science (27%) this year. That’s an increase over last year.

Only two in ten (21%) met or exceeded the College Readiness Benchmark scores on all four ACT exams, unchanged from last year.

The average ACT composite score for the U.S. high school graduating class of 2006 was 21.1, up from 20.9 last year (out of a possible 36 points).

One out of each 5,500 students scored 36 points.

Scores were higher for both males and females and for students across virtually all racial/ethnic groups.

Females outscored males on the Writing Test earning an average score of 7.9 (on a scale of 2 to 12) compared to males’ average score of 7.4. Among racial/ethnic groups, average scores on the essay ranged from a low of 6.8 (African Americans) to a high of 8.0 (Asian Americans).

Kudos teachers and students. Great job. Keep up the good work.

I wonder how many students prepared online with mobile PCs?

Next Test Date: September 16, 2006
Registration Deadline: August 18, 2006

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Robert Heiny
Robert W. Heiny, Ph.D. is a retired professor, social scientist, and business partner with previous academic appointments as a public school classroom teacher, senior faculty, or senior research member, and administrator. Appointments included at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Peabody College and the Kennedy Center now of Vanderbilt University; and Brandeis University. Dr. Heiny also served as Director of the Montana Center on Disabilities. His peer reviewed contributions to education include publication in [I]The Encyclopedia of Education [/I](1971), and in professional journals and conferences. He served s an expert reviewer of proposals to USOE, and on a team that wrote plans for 12 state-wide and multistate special education and preschools programs. He currently writes user guides for educators and learners as well as columns for [I]TuxReports[/I].com.