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2013 ACT results remain steady


August 27, 2013

Our state’s graduating seniors outscore national average, but opportunity gap remains

Washington’s 12th graders have again outscored the national average on the ACT exam in the 2012/13 school year.

Washington’s average composite score is 22.8, which is the nation’s seventh highest among states in which at least 20 percent of graduating seniors took the test.

A “composite score” consists of four content areas: English, reading, math and science. Scores are scaled from 1 (lowest) to 36 (highest). This year’s national average composite score is 20.9.

About 21 percent of Washington 12th graders took the ACT in the 2012/13 school year. This number reflects a consistent, slightly upward trend in ACT participation.

“Our students perform well, overall, on the ACT,” said State Superintendent Randy Dorn. “I’m proud of them. But we still have work to do, as a state, to address the opportunity gap that exists between racial subgroups. Scores remain consistent with no real gains.”

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The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is the primary agency charged with overseeing K–12 education in Washington state. Led by State School Superintendent Randy Dorn, OSPI works with the state’s 295 school districts and nine educational service districts to administer basic education programs and implement education reform on behalf of more than one million public school students.


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