The 1997 ACT High School Profile Report -- National Normative Data

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Table 5: Average Racial/Ethnic Group Scores by Level of Academic Preparation

African
American
Average
American
Indian
Average
Caucasian
Average
Mexican
American
Average
Asian
American
Average
Other
Hispanic
Average
Core or More (n= 50100) (n= 5685) (n= 408851) (n= 11875) (n=20201) (n= 15693)
English 17.4 19.5 22.2 18.9 21.2 19.2
Usage/Mech 8.4 9.6 11.3 9.3 10.7 9.5
Rhet Skills 8.9 10.1 11.5 9.7 10.9 9.9
Mathematics 17.8 20.0 22.3 20.1 24.1 20.3
Pre/Elem-Alg 8.9 10.3 11.8 10.4 12.7 10.5
Alg/Crd-Geom 8.9 9.9 11.0 9.9 12.2 10.1
Plane Geom/Trig 8.8 10.3 11.6 10.4 12.4 10.4
Reading 18.0 20.9 23.2 20.0 22.0 20.2
Soc Stu/Sci 8.8 10.4 11.6 9.9 11.0 10.0
Arts/Literature 9.2 10.9 12.2 10.5 11.4 10.6
Sci Reasoning 18.0 20.7 22.8 20.0 22.2 20.1
Composite 17.9 20.4 22.8 19.9 22.5 20.1

African
American
Average
American
Indian
Average
Caucasian
Average
Mexican
American
Average
Asian
American
Average
Other
Hispanic
Average
Less Than Core (n= 39696) (n= 5414) (n= 250763) (n= 9475) (n= 7834) (n= 10615)
English 15.1 16.6 19.4 16.3 18.4 16.4
Usage/Mech 7.0 7.9 9.6 7.7 9.0 7.8
Rhet Skills 7.8 8.6 10.0 8.4 9.5 8.4
Mathematics 15.8 17.1 19.2 17.3 21.2 17.4
Pre/Elem-Alg 7.4 8.4 9.9 8.5 10.8 8.5
Alg/Crd-Geom 7.8 8.3 9.4 8.4 10.6 8.5
Plane Geom/Trig 7.6 8.6 9.9 8.8 10.9 8.8
Reading 16.0 18.1 20.5 17.5 19.2 17.4
Soc Stu/Sci 7.9 9.0 10.2 8.6 9.6 8.5
Arts/Literature 7.9 9.2 10.7 8.9 9.8 8.8
Sci Reasoning 16.5 18.3 20.3 17.8 19.9 17.9
Composite 16.0 17.6 20.0 17.4 19.8 17.4
No Response (n= 821) (n= 410) (n= 4264) (n= 161) (n= 507) (n= 533)

African
American
Average
American
Indian
Average
Caucasian
Average
Mexican
American
Average
Asian
American
Average
Other
Hispanic
Average
Total Group (n= 90617) (n= 11509) (n= 663878) (n= 21511) (n= 28542) (n= 26841)
English 16.4 18.0 21.2 17.8 20.4 18.1
Usage/Mech 7.8 8.7 10.6 8.6 10.2 8.8
Rhet Skills 8.4 9.3 10.9 9.1 10.4 9.3
Mathematics 16.9 18.5 21.2 18.9 23.3 19.1
Pre/Elem-Alg 8.3 9.3 11.1 9.5 12.1 9.7
Alg/Crd-Geom 8.4 9.0 10.4 9.2 11.7 9.4
Plane Geom/Trig 8.3 9.5 10.9 9.7 12.0 9.8
Reading 17.1 19.4 22.2 18.9 21.2 19.1
Soc Stu/Sci 8.4 9.7 11.1 9.3 10.6 9.4
Arts/Literature 8.7 9.9 11.6 9.8 10.9 9.9
Sci Reasoning 17.4 19.4 21.8 19.0 21.6 19.2
Composite 17.1 19.0 21.7 18.8 21.7 19.0


Table 6: Average Racial/Ethnic Group Composite Scores by Ability Level

African
American
Average
American
Indian
Average
Caucasian
Average
Mexican
American
Average
Asian
American
Average
Other
Hispanic
Average
No.Ave. No.Ave. No.Ave. No.Ave. No.Ave. No.Ave.
High School Average
3.50 - 4.00 12882 20.4 3042 22.3 254292 24.6 5918 21.5 13945 24.1 7519 21.8
3.00 - 3.49 25206 17.8 3182 19.1 197176 21.2 7090 18.6 8294 20.5 9198 18.8
2.50 - 2.99 27092 16.4 2743 17.6 128099 19.3 5124 17.3 4046 18.6 6242 17.5
2.00 - 2.49 18510 15.4 1685 16.5 63216 18.1 2489 16.5 1659 17.3 2925 16.6
1.99 & Below 5853 14.8 605 15.7 16817 17.3 681 16.0 421 16.7 679 16.1
College GPA Predicted by Student
3.5 - 4.0 11024 20.3 2006 23.1 168656 25.3 3835 22.3 10944 24.8 5574 22.4
3.0 - 3.4 31744 17.9 4079 19.7 272773 21.8 8834 19.1 10864 20.9 11261 19.2
2.5 - 2.9 25253 16.3 2830 17.7 138279 19.5 5215 17.4 4144 18.7 6025 17.4
2.0 - 2.4 17184 15.2 1725 16.2 63918 17.8 2702 16.2 1747 16.8 2946 16.1
1.9 & Below 4440 14.5 714 15.2 13554 16.7 681 15.5 465 15.9 704 15.4
High School Rank
Top Quarter 23968 19.4 4103 21.5 309171 24.2 7821 21.2 15140 24.1 9915 21.5
2nd Quarter 34073 16.8 4121 18.2 222863 20.2 7700 18.0 8399 19.6 9554 18.1
Bottom Half 29291 15.6 2884 16.6 116247 18.2 5244 16.5 4186 17.6 6353 16.6


Table 7: High School Academic Area Grade Averages by Gender and Race/Ethnicity

Reference Group Number of Students English Math Social Studies Natural Science HS GPA
Male412526 3.02 2.90 3.20 3.033.06
Female 534085 3.302.993.313.15 3.24
African American 89543 2.852.562.952.782.83
Caucasian 659600 3.243.013.313.15 3.22
Other Minority100386 3.172.973.253.093.17
Missing/Prefer Not to Respond 97082 3.102.883.203.043.09
Total 946611 3.182.953.263.10 3.16

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