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Status and Trends in the Education of Racial and Ethnic Minorities
NCES 2010-015
July 2010

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Table 15.2b.

Average ACT scores in English and mathematics, by race/ethnicity: Selected years, 19982008


Year Total1 White Black Hispanic Mexican American Puerto Rican/
other Hispanic
Asian/
Pacific Islander
American Indian/
Alaska Native
English
1998 20.4 21.2 16.4 - 17.5 18.7 20.5 18.1
2000 20.5 21.3 16.4 - 17.6 18.7 20.5 18.0
2002 20.2 21.2 16.2 - 17.1 17.9 20.5 17.6
2004 20.4 21.4 16.3 - 17.3 17.9 21.0 17.8
2006 20.6 21.7 16.3 - 17.4 18.1 21.5 17.8
2008 20.6 21.7 16.1 17.7 - - 22.1 18.1
Mathematics
1998 20.8 21.4 16.9 - 18.6 19.7 23.4 18.6
2000 20.7 21.3 16.8 - 18.7 19.5 23.2 18.5
2002 20.6 21.3 16.7 - 18.4 18.9 22.9 18.4
2004 20.7 21.4 16.9 - 18.5 18.9 23.0 18.6
2006 20.8 21.6 17.0 - 18.7 19.1 23.4 18.6
2008 21.0 21.8 17.0 19.0 - - 24.1 18.8
- Not available.
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. Estimates 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 ethnicity.
SOURCE: American College Testing Program, ACT National Scores Reports, selected years, 1998–2008.
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