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Table 226.60. Average ACT scores and percentage of graduates taking the ACT, by state: 2013 and 2017
State 2013 2017 Percent taking ACT1
  Subject-area scores   Subject-area scores
Composite score English score Mathematics score Reading score Science score Composite score English score Mathematics score Reading score Science score 2013 2017
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
United States 20.9 20.2 20.9 21.1 20.7 21.0 20.3 20.7 21.4 21.0 52 56
Alabama 20.4 20.5 19.5 21.0 20.2 19.2 18.9 18.4 19.7 19.4 78 100
Alaska 21.1 20.1 21.2 21.7 21.0 19.8 18.7 19.8 20.4 19.9 37 65
Arizona 19.6 18.5 20.3 19.6 19.4 19.7 18.6 19.8 20.1 19.8 50 62
Arkansas 20.2 19.9 19.9 20.5 20.1 19.4 18.9 19.0 19.7 19.5 90 100
California 22.2 21.6 22.8 22.3 21.5 22.8 22.5 22.7 23.1 22.2 26 31
                         
Colorado 20.4 19.9 20.4 20.5 20.5 20.8 20.1 20.3 21.2 20.9 100 100
Connecticut 24.0 24.0 23.9 24.4 23.3 25.2 25.5 24.6 25.6 24.6 27 31
Delaware 22.9 22.5 22.8 23.4 22.4 24.1 24.1 23.4 24.8 23.6 15 18
District of Columbia 20.4 19.8 20.5 21.0 19.7 24.2 24.4 23.5 24.9 23.5 38 32
Florida 19.6 18.7 19.7 20.4 19.1 19.8 19.0 19.4 21.0 19.4 74 73
                         
Georgia 20.7 20.2 20.3 21.2 20.5 21.4 21.0 20.9 22.0 21.3 51 55
Hawaii 20.1 19.0 20.8 20.0 19.9 19.0 17.8 19.2 19.2 19.3 40 90
Idaho 22.1 21.5 21.8 22.7 21.8 22.3 21.9 21.8 23.0 22.1 49 38
Illinois 20.6 20.2 20.7 20.4 20.5 21.4 21.0 21.2 21.6 21.3 100 93
Indiana 21.7 21.0 21.9 22.1 21.4 22.6 22.0 22.4 23.2 22.3 38 35
                         
Iowa 22.1 21.5 21.6 22.5 22.2 21.9 21.2 21.3 22.6 22.1 66 67
Kansas 21.8 21.2 21.7 22.3 21.7 21.7 21.1 21.3 22.3 21.7 75 73
Kentucky 19.6 19.2 19.2 19.9 19.7 20.0 19.6 19.4 20.5 20.1 100 100
Louisiana 19.5 19.4 19.2 19.7 19.2 19.5 19.4 18.8 19.8 19.6 100 100
Maine 23.5 23.4 23.3 23.8 22.9 24.3 24.2 24.0 24.8 23.7 8 8
                         
Maryland 22.3 21.8 22.3 22.7 21.9 23.6 23.3 23.1 24.2 23.2 21 28
Massachusetts 24.1 23.8 24.4 24.4 23.2 25.4 25.4 25.3 25.9 24.7 22 29
Michigan 19.9 19.1 19.9 20.0 20.2 24.1 24.1 23.7 24.5 23.8 100 29
Minnesota 23.0 22.2 23.1 23.1 22.9 21.5 20.4 21.5 21.8 21.6 74 100
Mississippi 18.9 18.8 18.3 19.1 18.8 18.6 18.2 18.1 18.8 18.8 95 100
                         
Missouri 21.6 21.4 21.0 21.9 21.6 20.4 19.8 19.9 20.8 20.5 74 100
Montana 21.3 20.2 21.4 21.9 21.2 20.3 19.0 20.2 21.0 20.5 72 100
Nebraska 21.5 21.1 21.1 21.8 21.5 21.4 20.9 20.9 21.9 21.5 84 84
Nevada 21.3 20.4 21.3 21.7 21.1 17.8 16.3 18.0 18.1 18.2 32 100
New Hampshire 23.8 23.6 23.6 24.2 23.2 25.5 25.4 25.1 26.0 24.9 19 18
                         
New Jersey 23.0 22.5 23.6 23.1 22.2 23.9 23.8 23.8 24.1 23.2 23 34
New Mexico 19.9 19.0 19.7 20.4 20.1 19.7 18.6 19.4 20.4 20.0 70 66
New York 23.4 22.6 23.8 23.7 23.1 24.2 23.8 24.0 24.6 23.9 26 31
North Carolina 18.7 17.1 19.6 18.8 18.7 19.1 17.8 19.3 19.6 19.3 100 100
North Dakota 20.5 19.5 20.8 20.5 20.7 20.3 19.0 20.4 20.5 20.6 98 98
                         
Ohio 21.8 21.2 21.5 22.2 21.8 22.0 21.2 21.6 22.5 22.0 72 75
Oklahoma 20.8 20.4 20.1 21.4 20.8 19.4 18.5 18.8 20.1 19.6 75 100
Oregon 21.5 20.8 21.6 21.9 21.3 21.8 21.2 21.5 22.4 21.7 34 40
Pennsylvania 22.7 22.2 23.0 23.0 22.2 23.7 23.4 23.4 24.2 23.3 18 23
Rhode Island 22.7 22.4 22.4 23.3 22.0 24.0 24.0 23.3 24.7 23.4 14 21
                         
South Carolina 20.4 19.7 20.3 20.8 20.3 18.7 17.5 18.6 19.1 18.9 51 100
South Dakota 21.9 20.9 21.8 22.1 22.1 21.8 20.7 21.5 22.3 22.0 78 80
Tennessee 19.5 19.3 19.1 19.8 19.4 19.8 19.5 19.2 20.1 19.9 100 100
Texas 20.9 19.8 21.5 21.0 20.9 20.7 19.5 20.7 21.1 20.9 37 45
Utah 20.7 19.9 20.2 21.3 20.8 20.3 19.5 19.9 20.8 20.6 100 100
                         
Vermont 23.0 22.7 22.8 23.4 22.6 23.6 23.3 23.1 24.4 23.2 26 29
Virginia 22.6 22.3 22.5 23.1 22.2 23.8 23.5 23.3 24.6 23.5 26 29
Washington 22.8 22.1 22.8 23.3 22.5 21.9 20.9 21.9 22.1 22.0 21 29
West Virginia 20.6 20.5 19.5 21.3 20.6 20.4 20.0 19.4 21.2 20.5 63 69
Wisconsin 22.1 21.5 22.0 22.3 22.2 20.5 19.7 20.4 20.6 20.9 71 100
Wyoming 19.8 18.6 19.7 20.2 20.0 20.2 19.4 19.8 20.8 20.6 100 100
1 Members of the graduating class who had taken the ACT test as a percentage of the total number of high school graduates. For example, the 2017 column shows test-taking members of the class of 2017 as a percentage of all 2016-17 high school graduates. State percentages were calculated by ACT based on the number of high school graduates in each state as projected by the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE). Total percentages for the United States were calculated by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) based on the total number of U.S. high school graduates as reported by NCES (for 2017, the number of graduates is projected; for 2013, the number is actual).
NOTE: The minimum score on the ACT is 1 and the maximum score is 36. Data are for high school graduates who took the ACT test during their sophomore, junior, or senior year. If a student took the ACT test more than once, the composite and subject-area scores from the most recent test were used.
SOURCE: ACT, The Condition of College and Career Readiness, 2013 and 2017. U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Common Core of Data (CCD), "State Dropout and Completion Data File," 2012-13; Private School Universe Survey (PSS), 2013; and National High School Graduates Projection Model, 1972-73 through 2027-28. (This table was prepared November 2017.)

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