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Status and Trends in the Education of Racial and Ethnic Minorities
NCES 2007-039
September 2007

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Table 14.2b.

Average ACT scores in English and Mathematics, by race/ethnicity: 1997-2005


Year Total1 White Black Mexican-
American
Puerto
Rican/
other
Hispanic
Asian/
Pacific
Islander
American
Indian/
Alaska
Native
English              
1997 20.3 21.2 16.4 17.8 18.1 20.4 18.0
1998 20.4 21.2 16.4 17.5 18.7 20.5 18.1
1999 20.5 21.3 16.4 17.6 18.8 20.5 18.1
2000 20.5 21.3 16.4 17.6 18.7 20.5 18.0
2001 20.5 21.3 16.2 17.5 18.6 20.7 17.8
2002 20.2 21.2 16.2 17.1 17.9 20.5 17.6
2003 20.3 21.3 16.2 17.2 18.1 20.7 17.7
2004 20.4 21.4 16.3 17.3 17.9 21.0 17.8
2005 20.4 21.5 16.2 17.3 18.0 21.3 17.6
               
Mathematics              
1997 20.6 21.2 16.9 18.9 19.1 23.3 18.5
1998 20.8 21.4 16.9 18.6 19.7 23.4 18.6
1999 20.7 21.3 16.9 18.7 19.6 23.1 18.5
2000 20.7 21.3 16.8 18.7 19.5 23.2 18.5
2001 20.7 21.3 16.8 18.7 19.4 23.1 18.4
2002 20.6 21.3 16.7 18.4 18.9 22.9 18.4
2003 20.6 21.3 16.7 18.3 18.9 22.9 18.3
2004 20.7 21.4 16.9 18.5 18.9 23.0 18.6
2005 20.7 21.5 16.8 18.6 19.0 23.1 18.4
1 Includes students who did not report their race/ethnicity.
NOTE: Scores for both English and Mathematics range from 0 to 36. Some data have been revised from previously published figures. Figures are based on all students who took the ACT assessment during their sophomore, junior or senior year, and who graduated from high school in the spring of the respective year shown. Test-takers were asked to self-identify a single racial/ethnic group. Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic origin.
SOURCE: American College Testing Program, ACT National Scores Reports, 1997–2005.
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