Missouri raises composite ACT score
COLUMBIA - Missouri raised its composite ACT score by .2 points after nearly ten years of scoring 21.6. Missouri graduates scored a composite 21.8 exceeding the national average of 21, according to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).
The percentage of students meeting benchmark scores in reading and science rose, DESE announced in a statement.
Chris Nicastro, the Commissioner of Education, said this is a positive step toward being among the top 10 states in education by 2020.
"Our teachers and students are working hard to improve college readiness, and these scores are an indication that we're moving closer to our goal," she said.
For the 2014-2015 school year, all Missouri 11th graders will be administered an ACT exam free of charge, DESE said.
[Editor's note: This story has been changed to refer to Chris Nicastro as 'she', not 'he'.]