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Illinois' composite ACT scores hold steady at 20.9

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Illinois students’ ACT scores have held steady this year. They’re also the highest of the nine states that administer the college entrance exam to all graduating high school students.

The state’s composite score for 2012 was 20.9, the same as the year before. The highest score possible is 36. Nationally, the average score was 21.1, but many states only test college-bound students.

Illinois requires all 11th graders to take the ACT, regardless of whether they plan to go to college.

Illinois’ highest scores were in math. The lowest were in English.

The percentage of students meeting all four of the test’s College Readiness Benchmarks increased from 23 percent last year to 25 percent this year.

The results were released Wednesday by the Illinois State Board of Education.

Chicago Public Schools said its 11th graders posted their highest-ever ACT composite score, 17.6. The district’s average ACT score has gone up steadily since at least 2001, when the average was 16.1. Chicago released school-by-school results, a charter vs. non-charter school analysis, and achievement gap information. That data is posted below.

WBEZ reporter Linda Lutton contributed. All downloadable data below is from Chicago Public Schools.

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