Utah and Idaho ACT scores above national average

Utah’s scores on the ACT college entrance exam are holding steady just above the national average for the fourth year in a row.ACT on Wednesday released data showing Utah students score an average of 21.8 on the 36-point test. That’s higher than the 21.1 national average. The testing company also measures whether students are likely ready for college in the subjects of English, reading, math and science. ACT says 27 percent of Utah high school graduates are college-ready in all four subjects. That compares to 25 percent nationally.ACT also says more Hispanic students in Utah are taking the test. Hispanic students accounted for 4 percent of test-takers in 2007 and account for 9 percent of test-takers this year.Meanwhile, students who took the ACT college-entrance exam in Idaho this year continued to perform slightly better than their peers nationwide, but the percentage of high school graduates who proved ready for higher education remained stagnant.ACT released composite scores for the class of 2011 on Wednesday. The average student score in Idaho was 27.1 on a scale of 1 to 36, compared to the national average of 21.1.But like last year, only 26 percent of Idaho students who took the test met or surpassed all four benchmarks measuring their preparedness for college English, reading, math and science as state officials work to boost college completion rates.More than 11,300 students in Idaho took the ACT exam this year, while and 1.62 million were tested nationwide.

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