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Missouri high school grads testing below national average on ACT exam

Missouri's 2017 class ACT scores averaged at 20.4. The national average ACT score is 21. (MGN Online)

Missouri high school graduates tested below the national average on the ACT College Entrance Exam.

Missouri's 2017 class scores averaged at 20.4. The national average ACT score is 21.

According to the ACT organization, about 23% of Missouri high school graduates are college ready.

  • 59 percent of Missouri graduates are college ready in English
  • 43 percent are college ready in reading
  • 34 percent of Missouri high school graduates are college ready in math
  • 34 percent of Missouri high school graduates are college ready in science

Missouri ranks 31st out of 50 states for ACT scores.

Asian students have the highest average score of 23 in Missouri. White students averaged 20.8, Hispanics averaged 18.8, and African Americans averaged scores of 16.5

The ACT organization said 71 percent of Missouri's 2017 ACT-tested graduates aspired to post-secondary education.

Due to budget cuts, the state of Missouri said it will no longer provide free ACT testing to all high school juniors. Both Columbia Public Schools and the Jefferson City School District said they will pay for all juniors to take the ACT.


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