Of the states in which the ACT is required for all eleventh-graders, Illinois has the top score. Illinois State Board of Education spokeswoman Mary Fergus says the state’s average score was 20.9, compared to the national average of 21.1.
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“That’s significant,” she says, “because you’re looking at an open pool of candidates … versus states where students are voluntarily taking this test, they’re college-bound, they may have prepared for the test, and our results are almost equal.” Fergus says the efforts are paying off: “Over the past five years, the percent of students meeting all four of ACT’s benchmarks improved, and that gives our students a greater chance to enroll in college and to continue and graduate from post-secondary institutions.”
The other states which require ACT: Colorado, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, North Dakota, Tennessee and Wyoming.