Utah's ACT Scores Relatively Unchanged

Utah's ACT Scores Relatively Unchanged

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Utah's high school senior class of 2003 scored relatively the same on the American College Test as did the classes for the last five years.

Its score remained slightly above the national average.

The ACT measures students' competence in English, reading, mathematics and science, with possible scores ranging from 1 to 36,and is designed for use with high school grades to predict academic readiness for college.

The Utah composite score was 21.3, compared with 21.4 during three of the past four years and 21.5 in 2000. The national average was 20.8, the same as last year.

As usual, those students who took at least four years of English and three years each of mathematics, social sciences and natural sciences did better than those who did not complete those core classes.

Utah's figures were 22.3 for those who completed the core classes and 20.6 for those who did not. The national figures were 21.8 and 19.3, respectively.

As with the total state average, the figures for core completers and non-completers have not varied significantly in the past five years.

By subject matter, Utah's averages for the total group were 20.7 for English, 22.0 for reading and 21.4 for science, all unchanged from last year, and 20.7 for math, down 0.1 from last year.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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