Students in Virginia bested national numbers on ACTs


RICHMOND, Va. (WFXR) – Virginia students successfully outperformed national statistics by significant margins on the ACT college-admissions test.

Graduating seniors for 2019 in Virginia who met the ACT’s benchmarks in each content area was at least 20 points higher than national percentages.

  • 80% of Virginia high school seniors met the benchmark in English, compared with 59% nationwide;
  • 67% met the benchmark in reading, compared with 45% nationally;
  • 60% met the benchmark in mathematics, versus 39% nationwide;
  • 57% met the benchmark in science, compared with 36% across the country; and
  • 46% met the benchmark in all four subjects compared with 26% nationally.
Courtesy: Virginia Department of Education

ACT scores are reported on a scale of 1 to 36, with 36 being the highest achievable score.

Virginia students achieved an average composite score of 24.0, compared with 20.7 for nationwide graduates.

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