ACT scores flat


  • Ryan McGilchrist

The Colorado American College Test (ACT) scores have been released, and they are generally flat.

The state administers the ACT to all high school juniors, and the results are often used to assess a student's readiness for college. Colleges also often use the scores as part of their admissions process. The 2015 composite score on the test, statewide, is 20.1, down from 20.3 in 2014. The highest possible score on the test is 36. 

According to the Princeton Review, "The national average for the current SAT is 1500. For the ACT, it's between 20 and 21. If you are close to these averages you will likely be accepted into a considerable number of colleges and universities (as long as you have decent grades), but may not be considered at more selective schools."

Chalkbeat Colorado worked the state data and came up with some interesting tidbits. (Read the whole article here.) Among them:

• The composite scores were 20.3 for females and 20 for males.

• Students who qualify for free- and reduced-price lunches had a composite score of 17.3.

• White students scored 21.7, while scores were 17.3 for Hispanics, 17.1 for blacks, 22 for Asians and 17.9 for American Indians.

• Students with non-English language backgrounds scored 13.7.

• Students receiving Title I services, with individual education plans and other special services scored 16.8.

• Immigrant students scored 15.7.
Chalkbeat also has a great tool that allows you to look up the scores at your school or district. I went ahead and did a little of the legwork for you. Here's a few composite scores for local districts:

• Academy District 20: 22.4

• Colorado Springs School District 11: 19

• Harrison School District 2: 18.3

• Cheyenne Mountain School District 12: 24

• Falcon School District 49: 18.7

* Manitou Springs School District 14: 20.9

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