AUgust 21, 2013
Virginia students continue to improve and exceed the national average on the American College Testing (ACT) exam.
The Virginia Department of Education reports that Virginia students scored an average of 22.4 on the test this year. That tops last year's score of 22.2 and is well above the national average of 20.9.
Virginia students improved and beat the national average in all four categories: English, math, reading and science.
ACT results are reported on a scale of 1 to 36. Fifteen Virginia students achieved a perfect score.
Nationally, 31 percent of all high school graduates tested were not ready for any college coursework requiring English, science, math or reading skills. The other 69 percent of test takers met at least one of the four subject-area standards.
Of the 1.7 million students who took the 215-question ACT exam, as many as 290,000 were within 2 points of meeting at least one of the four readiness thresholds.