In Illinois, all students take the ACT – the American College Test. Even so, the state's average score is almost as high as the national average – 20.6 for the Class of 2013 in Illinois, compared to 20.9 nationally. The ACT is required of students in nine states, and Utah is the only one of the nine which outscored Illinois.
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“Illinois has been at the forefront of inclusiveness,” says Illinois State Board of Education spokesman Matt Vanover. “Our lawmakers made ACT a part of our accountability system back in the early 2000's. It's opened doors for students who may have not thought that they wanted to go to college before. Then they get that ACT score back, and they say, wait a minute, college really might be something I can look at, something I can do.”
While Vanover discourages year-to-year comparisons, the state's average score is down from 20.9 each of the last two years.