ACT Scores Over Time by Race/Ethnicity

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Average ACT Composite scores for Asian and Hispanic graduates increased between 2009 and 2013, while those of most other groups remained level over that period. ACT Composite scores of American Indian graduates declined by 0.9 scale point.

Asian graduates had the highest average ACT Composite scores and the largest score increase (+0.3 scale point). These score changes have occurred as more students from each racial/ethnic group have taken the ACT.

Note: Race/ethnicity categories changed in 2011 to reflect updated US Department of Education reporting requirements.

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Average ACT Composite Test Scores by Race/Ethnicity, 2009–2013

Graph reads: Between 2009 and 2013, the average ACT Composite score for Asian high school graduates increased from 23.2 to 23.5.

Race/Ethnicity20092010201120122013
African American16.916.917.017.016.9
American Indian18.919.018.618.418.0
Asian23.223.423.623.623.5
Hispanic18.718.618.718.918.8
Pacific Islander19.519.819.5
White22.222.322.422.422.2