2008 Average ACT Scores by State

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State % of
Graduates
Tested
Average
Composite
Score
Average
English
Score
Average
Math
Score
Average
Reading
Score
Average
Science
Score
National 43 21.1 20.6 21.0 21.4 20.8
Alabama 77 20.4 20.6 19.5 20.8 20.1
Alaska 25 21.2 20.3 21.2 21.8 20.8
Arizona 15 21.9 21.3 22.1 22.3 21.3
Arkansas 74 20.6 20.7 20.1 21.0 20.3
California 17 22.2 21.8 22.8 22.4 21.3
Colorado 100 20.5 19.8 20.3 20.8 20.4
Connecticut19 23.3 23.2 23.3 23.6 22.3
Delaware 11 22.6 22.2 22.5 23.1 22.0
District of Columbia 30 19.1 18.6 19.2 19.6 18.6
Florida 52 19.8 19.0 20.0 20.3 19.3
Georgia38 20.6 20.1 20.6 20.9 20.3
Hawaii 23 21.6 20.8 22.3 21.6 21.2
Idaho 58 21.5 20.7 21.4 22.2 21.3
Illinois 98 20.7 20.4 20.7 20.6 20.5
Indiana 22 22.0 21.4 22.2 22.5 21.5
Iowa 60 22.4 21.9 22.0 22.9 22.3
Kansas 74 22.0 21.5 21.8 22.6 21.8
Kentucky 72 20.9 20.5 20.2 21.5 20.7
Louisiana 88 20.3 20.5 19.7 20.3 20.0
Maine 9 22.7 22.7 22.5 23.2 22.0
Maryland 16 22.0 21.6 22.0 22.3 21.4
Massachusetts 17 23.6 23.5 23.9 24.0 22.5
Michigan 100 19.6 18.7 19.5 19.8 19.9
Minnesota 69 22.6 21.9 22.6 23.0 22.5
Mississippi 92 18.9 19.3 18.2 19.1 18.7
Missouri 69 21.6 21.4 21.0 22.0 21.4
Montana 56 22.0 21.3 21.8 22.7 21.8
Nebraska 72 22.1 21.8 21.8 22.5 21.9
Nevada 30 21.3 20.7 21.4 21.7 20.9
New Hampshire 15 23.1 23.0 23.0 23.7 22.2
New Jersey 13 22.7 22.6 23.2 22.9 21.7
New Mexico 63 20.3 19.6 19.8 21.0 20.2
New York 23 23.1 22.3 23.5 23.3 22.8
North Carolina 14 21.3 20.5 21.8 21.7 20.8
North Dakota 81 21.6 20.7 21.6 21.8 21.5
Ohio 65 21.7 21.1 21.5 22.1 21.7
Oklahoma 70 20.7 20.5 19.8 21.4 20.4
Oregon 30 21.2 20.3 21.4 21.8 20.9
Pennsylvania 13 22.2 21.8 22.3 22.5 21.6
Rhode Island 10 21.9 21.7 21.9 22.3 21.0
South Carolina 44 19.9 19.2 20.1 20.0 19.7
South Dakota 77 22.0 21.2 21.9 22.3 22.0
Tennessee 88 20.7 20.8 19.9 21.1 20.3
Texas 29 20.7 19.8 21.2 20.9 20.5
Utah 68 21.8 21.4 21.1 22.5 21.6
Vermont 26 22.7 22.4 22.4 23.3 22.1
Virginia 19 21.8 21.5 21.8 22.2 21.3
Washington 17 23.1 22.7 23.2 23.7 22.4
West Virginia 64 20.7 20.8 19.6 21.4 20.5
Wisconsin 67 22.3 21.7 22.3 22.6 22.3
Wyoming 80 21.1 20.1 20.8 21.8 21.0


Totals for graduating seniors were obtained from Knocking at the College Door—March 2008, Projections of High School Graduates by State and Race/Ethnicity, 1992–2022, © December 2008 by the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education.