Superintendent's Note

From the desk of Jim McKay

Posted: August, 30, 2016 - 11:02am

Illinois Class of 2016 average ACT score up slightly as national average declines

SPRINGFIELD — Results released today in ACT’s annual score report, “The Condition of College & Career Readiness 2016,” show Illinois’ graduating seniors achieved an average composite score of 20.8, an increase of 0.1 over last year’s score. The national average composite score on the ACT fell from 21.0 to 20.8.

“Our graduates continue to show progress,” said State Superintendent of Education Tony Smith, Ph.D. “The work of improving opportunities for all students and increasing the pace of progress is one we approach with urgency.”

Illinois’ graduating seniors held steady for the percentage of students who meet each of the four ACT College Readiness Benchmark Scores in English, math, reading, and science, while comparable national figures declined:

Subject

English

Mathematics

Reading

Science

Meeting All Four

Illinois 2016

64

41

42

36

26

National 2016

61

41

44

36

26


A benchmark score is the minimum score needed on an ACT subject-area test to indicate a 50 percent chance of earning a B or higher or about a 75 percent chance of obtaining a C or higher in a corresponding credit-bearing college course. These courses include English composition, algebra, social science, and biology.  Students taking four or more years of English and three or more years each of math, social studies, and natural science continued to outpace students who took a less-rigorous course of study. Students with “core or more” tend to score three to four points higher on each of the subtests and the ACT Composite:

Subject

English

Mathematics

Reading

Science

Composite

Core or More 2016

22.8

22.4

22.9

22.5

22.8

Less than Core 2016

18.5

18.9

19.2

19.0

19.0


In Illinois, every public school 11th-grader was required to take the ACT as part of the Prairie State Achievement Exam (PSAE) from 2001 to 2014. In 2015, the test was optional for public school students and provided by the Illinois State Board of Education. Therefore, the majority of students graduating in 2016 had taken the ACT as juniors.  The ACT is scored on a scale of 1 to 36, with 36 being the highest possible score. The results shown here represent the scores achieved by all Illinois 2016 graduates in both public and private schools. Beginning this school year all 11th grade students will be required to take the SAT.  We will provide more information about the SAT in later communications.

Yours in Education,

Jim McKay

 

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