Wisconsin’s ACT Scores Hold Steady

This year’s high school graduates maintained the state’s No. 2 standing in average composite score for the ACT college entrance exam, according to the Department of Public Instruction.

Wisconsin and Iowa seniors scored an average composite of 22.2 out of a possible 36, ranking just behind Minnesota’s 22.7 among states where the majority of students take the exam. The national average was 21.

Approximately 73 percent of Wisconsin graduates took the exam compared to 59 percent nationally.

The ACT sets minimum benchmark scores students should achieve in math, science, reading and English to indicate they are more likely to succeed during their initial year in college.

Seventy-four percent of Wisconsin students who took the ACT met the English benchmark, compared to 64 percent nationally. In math, Wisconsin students also outperformed the national benchmark average, 52 percent to 42 percent, and in science 49 percent of Wisconsin students met the benchmark compared to 38 percent nationally. Wisconsin students also exceeded the national benchmark average in reading by 7 percentage points.

Just over half of Wisconsin graduates met three or more of the benchmarks.

Composite scores continued to show achievement disparities when broken down by race. Slightly more than one in five Wisconsinites who took the test were from minority groups. Of them, black students achieved an average 16.3 composite score and Hispanic students averaged 19.4.

See: DPI Release