August 13, 2008

NEBRASKA HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES OUTSCORE PEERS ON ACT EXAM

Nearly three of every four Nebraska high school graduates took the ACT college entrance exam and, on average, they continued to outscore their peers nationally, according to ACT scores released today.

Nebraska graduates scored 22.1 on average compared to the national average of 21.1, continuing the state’s long-held tradition of scoring higher than the national ACT average.

Seventy-two percent of the Nebraska 2008 graduating class took the ACT exam, compared to 77 percent the previous year. While 436 more graduates took the ACT in 2008, the percentage of graduates taking the exam dropped. According to ACT officials, the 2008 Nebraska graduating class was the state’s largest with 22,929 students.

Nebraska’s 22.1 average score continues to rank first among those states with 70 percent or more graduates taking the ACT.

Highlights of this year’s ACT results show:

Graduate Groups

2004

2008

All Students

21.7

22.1

African American/Black

17.7

17.5

American Indian/Alaska Native

18.7

19.1

Caucasian American/White

22.0

22.5

Hispanic

18.7

19.5

Asian American/Pacific Islander

21.5

22.9

Other/No response

21.4

21.8

The full ACT report is available at www.act.org.