The American College Testing Program, the organization that administers the ACT college entrance examination, recently released its summary of the test scores of the 2012 high school graduating class.
The ACT test is graded on a scale of 1 to 36, with 36 being the best possible score. In 2012, the average composite score for Whites was 23.6. For Blacks the average composite score was 17.0. Both Whites and Blacks had the identical average scores that they did a year ago.
Over the past five years the average composite score for Whites has increased from 22.9 to 23.6. During the same period, the average composite score for Blacks went from 16.9 to 17.0. Thus, over the past five years, the significant racial gap in ACT test scores has widened.
In addition, the ACT data shows that only 5 percent of Black ACT test takers met the organization’s college readiness standards in all four major subject areas: English, reading, mathematics, and sciences. For Whites, 32 percent met the minimum standards of college readiness in all four areas.