“All Utah students, their parents and their teachers can take pride in this achievement,” said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Martell Menlove. “What makes this report so significant is that it includes all Utah students. The number of Utah Hispanic students taking the ACT has nearly tripled in the past five years. The number of Pacific Islander students taking the test has nearly doubled in four years. These scores represent our school population as a whole, not just those who plan to attend college.”
Utah’s average composite score in 2014 was 20.8, up from 20.7 in 2013. At the same time the number of students taking the test went from 34,514 to 35,074. Nationally, the average composite score went from 20.9 to 21.0. Only 57 percent of students nationally, on average, take the ACT, mostly students who are college bound.
In 2014 Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Tennessee and Wyoming tested all of their high school juniors. Illinois, for the second year in a row, came in second to Utah with an average composite score of 20.7.
The ACT also sets college benchmarks in core subjects. The benchmark scores represent a level of achievement required for students to have a 50 percent chance of earning a B or a 75 percent chance of a student earning a C in a college-level class. For English the score is 18 and the corresponding college class is English composition. For math, the score is 22 and class is college algebra. For reading the score is 22 and the class is a college social studies course. For science the score is 23 and the class is college biology.
• 63 percent of Utah juniors met the benchmark in English.
• 39 percent met the benchmark in math.
• 43 percent met the benchmark in reading.
• 36 percent met the benchmark in science.
For more information about Utah and national ACT results, please visit www.act.org/newsroom/data/2014/states/utah.html.