Utah students score better than US average on ACT

Utah students score better than US average on ACT

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The average score on the ACT college entrance exam among 2009 high school graduates in Utah was a 21.8 out of 36, the same as in 2008.

Nationally, the average composite score for 2009 was 21.1.

A new report shows that 23,229 seniors graduating from high school in Utah in 2009 -- 68 percent -- took the ACT. The exam tests English, math, reading and science.

A record 1.48 million students graduating in 2009 took the ACT. That's up 4 percent from the year before.

In Utah, the average English score was 21.4; the average math score was 21.1; the average reading score was 22.6; and the average science score was 21.6.

In the state, 44 percent of 2009 graduates earned ACT scores showing they're ready for college-level algebra and 73 percent for English composition.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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