Louisiana ACT Statistics

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— The average ACT composite score for Louisiana public and nonpublic students increased from 20.1 in 2010 to 20.2 in 2011. Since  2005, Louisiana’s composite score has increased by four-tenths of a point, from 19.8 in 2005 to 20.2 in 2011.

— The national ACT composite also increased by one-tenth of a point, from 21.0 in 2010 to 21.1 in 2011.

— Louisiana’s public and nonpublic students combined showed an increase in the average score in English, math and reading, while the average scores in science decreased one-tenth of a point from 2010. The average score in English increased three-tenths of a point from 2010 to 2011.

— Thirty-nine of Louisiana’s public school districts had increased  average composite scores from 2010.  Twenty-four districts had decreased average composite scores from 2010, and six districts maintained the same average composite score.

— Districts with the highest ACT composite averages were Central Community (21.8) and St. Tammany (21.8).  Districts showing the biggest gain in their 2011 composite scores were Tensas (1.2 point gain), Avoyelles (.9 point gain), and Richland (.9 point gain).

— Louisiana was one of eight states with a high proportion of high school graduates taking the ACT.  These states are Colorado (100 percent), Illinois (100 percent), Kentucky (100 percent), Louisiana (100 percent), Michigan (100 percent), Mississippi (100 percent), Tennessee (100 percent), and Wyoming (100 percent).

— The percent of Louisiana graduates taking the ACT increased two points, from 98 percent in 2010 to 100 percent in 2011. Nationally, 49 percent of graduates took the ACT.

— The ethnic group composition of the Louisiana population of ACT testers contained 20,274 (57%) Caucasian-American/White students, 11,422 (32%) African-American/Black students, and 4,174 (11%) from other ethnic groups.

— In a ranking of ACT composite scores for the sixteen Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) states, Louisiana’s average was ranked tenth, above the averages of South Carolina (20.1), Arkansas (19.9), Florida (19.6), Kentucky (19.6), Tennessee (19.5), and Mississippi (18.7). Louisiana’s average falls below Alabama (20.3).

— Louisiana’s national rank is 41st, based on the 2011 ACT Results.

SOURCE: Louisiana Department of Education