From the Texas Education Agency: Number of Texas students taking ACT sets new mark
Date Posted: 8/26/2015 | Author: Jennifer Mitchell, CAE
More Texas Hispanic students in the 2015 graduating class took the ACT college admission test than any other student demographic, according to a report released today by ACT. The strong numbers led the state in setting a new ACT participation mark. Of the 124,764 Texas students in the 2015 graduating class taking the ACT college admission test, almost 40 percent (48,934) were Hispanic. It’s the second consecutive year where the number of Hispanic students represented the highest number of examinees of any racial ethnic group. Since 2011, Texas has seen a 22.8 percent increase in ACT test-taking graduates among all student groups.
- English – 19.8 (compared to 19.8 in 2014)
- Math – 21.1 (compared to 21.4 in 2014)
- Reading – 21.1 (compared to 21.1 in 2014)
- Science – 21.0 (compared to 21.0 in 2014)
- Composite – 20.9 (compared to 20.9 in 2014)
- The 2015 composite score of 23.3 for white students in Texas is .9 points higher than their national counterparts (22.4).
- The 2015 composite score of 17.6 for African-American students in Texas is .5 points higher than their national counterparts (17.1).
- The 2015 composite score of 25.1 for Asian students in Texas is 1.2 points higher than their national counterparts (23.9).
- In 2015, ACT scores for African-American, Asian and white students in Texas were higher than the national scores in English, mathematics, reading and science.
- The 2015 composite score of 18.7 for Hispanic/Latino students in Texas was .2 points lower than their national counterparts (18.9). However, the 2015 ACT scores for Hispanic students in Texas were higher than national scores in mathematics and science.
- For the 2015 graduating class taking the ACT college admission test, 44 percent met the college readiness benchmark for mathematics (higher than the 42 percent national rate), and 38 percent met the college readiness benchmark in science (equaling the national rate).
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