WASHINGTON (AP) -- Average ACT scores held steady for a fourth year in a row, suggesting student performance on the college-entrance exam may have hit a plateau after improving steadily during most of the 1990s.
More graduating high school seniors than ever this spring took the took the set of tests, formerly known as the American College Testing assessments. The annual report records the scores of graduating high school seniors, though juniors also take the exam.
The average composite ACT score for 2000 was 21 of a possible 36 for the record 1.1 million high school students who took the tests, which measure skills in English, math, reading and science.
This year's average score is the same as last year when 1 million students took the tests, the testing organization, based in Iowa City, Iowa, said Wednesday.
ACT scores fell during the 1960s and '70s, and rose by only one-tenth of a point during the '80s. But average scores climbed steadily from 1992 to 1997, when it reached its current average score of 21.
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