Average Nebraska ACT score drops to 19.4

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — Nebraska’s average ACT score slipped to 19.4 out of a possible 36 among 2022 graduates.

State education officials attribute that in part to the huge number of grads tested. In Nebraska, 94% of 2022 graduates took the ACT.

According to the Nebraska Department of Education, in 2021, 86% of high school graduates had taken the test, resulting in an average score of 20.

The drop was on pace with the national decline from 20.3 in 2021 to 19.8 in 2022.

Nationally, only 36% of 2022 graduates had taken the ACT. In comparison, around 45% of graduates took the SAT.

Of the 14 other states that had more than 90% of graduates taking the ACT, only Utah outperformed Nebraska, coming in at 19.9. 

States with higher rates of ACT testing have lower scores because the average includes more students who are not on a college track, the Education Department said.

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