Nebraska ACT scores drop as officials expected

Published: Oct. 17, 2018 at 9:14 AM CDT
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Nebraska's average ACT scores have dropped below the national average.

Officials say the decline was expected, because 2018 is the first year all students in the graduating class took the ACT college entrance exam as juniors.

According to a press release by the Nebraska Department of Education, compared to the 17 states where 100% of graduates took the ACT, Nebraska had the 4th highest percent of students meeting the ACT English, math and science benchmarks and the 8th highest percent of students meeting the reading benchmark

According to the release, 84 percent of Nebraska's 2017 graduating class took the ACT, with an average composite score of 21.4.

The ACT tests students in reading, English, math and science. A perfect score is 36. The University of Nebraska requires a minimum score of 20 for admission.

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