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No Improvement in Mississippi High Schoolers Act Scores


JACKSON, MS (Ben Caxton) — The Mississippi Department of Education has released spring 2019 ACT test results. The percentage of high school juniors meeting the benchmark scores for all four tested ACT subjects remained flat at 9% from 2018 to 2019 as the average score for high school juniors decreased from 17.8 in 2018 to 17.6 in 2019. Scores for Mississippi public school students who graduated in 2019 decreased from 18.3 to 18.1. The national average ACT score for all students in the class of 2019, which includes public and private school students, was 20.7, down from 20.8 in 2018. ACT scores nationwide have dropped in recent years as the population of students taking the test has broadened. Students who take four or more years of English and three or more years each of math, social studies and natural science typically outperform their peers who take fewer courses in these subjects.

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