North Carolina Students ACT Scores Remain Higher Than National Average

by Staff

The AP is reporting that the average scores on the ACT college entrance exam have flatlined for North Carolina’s high school seniors. The results may be skewed, however, considering that only 1 in 5 students chose to take the ACT over the more widely used SAT test.

The scores released Wednesday show that North Carolina high school seniors earned an average composite score of 22 on a scale of 1 to 36. That was unchanged from 2011 for those taking the rival college entrance exam to the SAT. It is worth noting that North Carolina’s ACT scores were better than the national overall score as well as in each individual subject tested including English, math, reading, and science. About 100,000 high school juniors statewide took the ACT this spring. It’s part of a statewide requirement measuring whether students are learning what they need for college.