ACT test scores drop to lowest in 30 years in pandemic slide
October 13, 2022
PHOENIX - Scores on the ACT college admissions test by this year's high school graduates hit their lowest point in more than 30 years - the latest evidence of the enormity of learning disruption during the pandemic.
The class of 2022's average ACT composite score was 19.8 out of 36, marking the first time since 1991 that the average score was below 20. What's more, an increasing number of high school students failed to meet any of the subject-area benchmarks set by the ACT - showing a decline in preparedness for college-level coursework.
The test scores, made public in a report Wednesday, show 42% of ACT-tested graduates in the class of 2022 met none of the subject benchmarks in English, reading, science and math, which are indicators of how well students are expected to perform in corresponding college courses.