Illinois ACT scores improve slightly from last year

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SPRINGFIELD - Illinois State Board of Education officials have announced that the state's high school graduating class of 2014 earned a composite score of 20.7 on the ACT.

The score is slightly higher than last year's score of 20.6, and is just under the national average of 21.  A little more than 158,000 students took the ACT in 2014, compared to 160,066 in 2013.

According to state Board of Education officials, among the 12 states that tested 100 percent of their high school graduates, Illinois had the second-highest composite score, with Utah having the highest.

The 2013-2014 school year is the last one to have the ACT serve as a mandatory test for Illinois high school juniors.  In 2014-2015, Illinois will administer the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers tests, which are tied to the Common Core Standards.

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