ACT Average Composite Scores by State

2002 ACT-Tested Graduates


State Total Core Course** Completers Non-Core Course** Completers No Course Data
% of Graduates Tested* Average Composite Score % of Total Tested* Average Composite Score % of Total Tested* Average Composite Score % of Total Tested* Average Composite Score
Alabama 71 20.1 66 21.0 31 18.1 3 19.8
Alaska 31 21.3 39 23.9 26 21.1 34 18.3
Arizona 26 21.3 65 22.0 29 19.9 6 21.0
Arkansas 72 20.2 71 20.9 19 17.6 10 20.0
California 13 21.4 57 22.1 33 20.0 10 22.0
Colorado 99 20.1 47 22.0 43 18.3 10 19.0
Connecticut 5 21.6 37 22.2 36 20.7 27 21.9
Delaware 4 21.3 60 21.6 30 20.1 9 23.0
Washington DC 28 17.5 46 18.1 24 16.8 30 17.0
Florida 39 20.4 61 21.2 29 18.9 10 20.1
Georgia 20 19.8 68 20.4 22 17.9 10 19.9
Hawaii 18 22.0 68 22.3 25 21.0 7 22.5
Idaho 57 21.2 48 22.5 47 20.0 5 20.7
Illinois 99 20.1 42 22.4 50 18.4 8 18.7
Indiana 19 21.5 61 22.2 31 20.0 8 21.3
Iowa 66 22.0 66 22.9 31 19.9 3 21.2
Kansas 76 21.6 66 22.6 30 19.6 4 20.4
Kentucky 72 20.0 58 20.8 39 18.8 3 20.0
Louisiana 79 19.6 71 20.5 25 17.0 4 19.4
Maine 6 22.5 42 23.0 44 22.1 13 21.9
Maryland 11 20.4 62 20.8 28 19.3 11 20.4
Massachusetts 8 21.9 42 22.2 39 21.5 19 22.3
Michigan 68 21.3 56 22.5 41 19.8 4 21.6
Minnesota 65 22.1 66 22.9 28 20.3 5 21.9
Mississippi 84 18.6 53 19.8 43 17.1 3 17.7
Missouri 68 21.5 58 22.7 37 19.6 4 21.5
Montana 52 21.7 53 23.0 43 20.1 4 20.7
Nebraska 72 21.7 66 22.6 31 19.9 4 20.1
Nevada 36 21.3 59 22.1 36 20.0 5 20.8
New Hampshire 7 22.0 49 22.5 34 21.3 17 22.2
New Jersey 5 20.7 30 21.4 56 20.3 14 20.7
New Mexico 63 20.0 54 21.1 41 18.5 5 19.4
New York 14 22.2 59 23.3 29 20.2 12 21.8
North Carolina 13 19.9 54 21.1 38 18.2 8 20.2
North Dakota 78 21.2 61 22.7 36 18.9 3 20.5
Ohio 62 21.4 61 22.4 35 19.5 4 21.2
Oklahoma 69 20.5 53 21.8 42 19.1 5 19.4
Oregon 12 22.5 54 23.5 38 21.3 8 21.3
Pennsylvania 7 21.5 63 22.1 28 20.2 10 20.8
Rhode Island 6 21.9 37 22.8 44 21.9 19 20.2
South Carolina 32 19.2 71 19.7 22 17.5 8 19.5
South Dakota 71 21.4 61 22.4 36 19.9 3 20.1
Tennessee 79 20.0 60 21.0 36 18.5 3 20.0
Texas 32 20.1 74 20.6 19 18.2 7 19.9
Utah 66 21.4 42 22.3 53 20.6 5 21.1
Vermont 10 22.3 40 23.1 38 21.3 21 22.4
Virginia 11 20.6 71 21.1 17 18.9 12 19.9
Washington 16 22.3 49 23.1 43 21.4 8 22.0
West Virginia 61 20.3 35 21.6 62 19.6 4 19.9
Wisconsin 68 22.2 60 22.9 36 20.9 3 21.8
Wyoming 64 21.4 55 22.5 41 20.0 3 20.7
National 39 20.8 58 21.8 36 19.2 7 20.4

* Totals for graduating seniors were obtained from Projections of High School Graduates by State and Race/Ethnicity 1996-2012, Copyright © by Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, February, 1998.

** Core Course = at least four years of English and three years each of mathematics (algebra and above), social sciences, and natural sciences

2002 ACT Composite Averages by State, © 2003 by ACT, Inc.

2002 ACT National and State Scores