ACT Scores Continue Modest Gains for Class of 2007

America's high school class of 2007 posted a modest increase on ACT college entrance exams, while Nevada students' scores held steady and were slightly higher than the national average.

The national average ACT composite score rose from 21.1 last year to 21.2 - on a scale of 1 to 36 - extending a recent pattern of slight but noticeable increases.

Nevada students earned a composite score of 21.5, unchanged from
the last two years. Twenty-nine percent, or 5,562 of Nevada's 2007
graduating class took the test.

The national percentage of students who met benchmarks in English, science, math and reading rose from 21 percent to 23 percent. In Nevada, the latest figure is 22 percent.

Nationally, the average composite scores edged up in each of the four individual tests - English to 20.7, math to 21, reading to 21.5 and science to 21.

In individual subjects, Nevada's 2007 average scores are 21.2 in science, 21.4 in math, 20.8 in English and 22 in reading.

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