Nevada graduates beat national average on ACT test

Nevada high school graduates scored higher than the national average on year 2000 ACT college entrance tests and about the same overall as they did in 1999.

The Nevada Department of Education says the results of 5,752 tests taken by the 2000 graduating class averaged 21.5 compared to 21 nationwide out of a possible score of 36.

The ACT tests, according to education officials, are usually taken by students planning to go on to college. They consist of four achievement tests assessing critical reasoning and higher-order thinking skills in English, math, reading and science.

"Nevada students continued to score higher on the ACT than national averages, both overall and in each subject area tested," said Superintendent of Education Mary Peterson.

"Student performance on this year's ACT college examination are results of which Nevada teachers and parents should be proud," said Peterson.

The total taking the test was just over 40 percent of the total number of graduates and 212 students more took the test than last year.

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