ACT Scores Fall to Lowest Level in 30 Years

A recent story in USA Today reports, “Average scores on the ACT from the high school graduating class of 2022 dropped to their lowest point in 30 years. … The national average composite score for the graduating class of 2022 was 19.8 out of a possible 36, down from 20.3 among the graduating class of 2021. It marks the lowest average score since 1991, according to the ACT organization.”

The AP reported scores “show 42% of ACT-tested graduates in the class of 2022 met none of the subject benchmarks in English, reading, science and math, which are indicators of how well students are expected to perform in corresponding college courses.”

Most of the evidence points to the pandemic as being the cause of the huge drop in scores.