NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - In Tennessee, ACT scores for the high school class of 2012 show a slight improvement in all four subject areas - English, math, reading and science.
All public school students in Tennessee take the ACT in their senior year, which is over 68,000 students statewide, according to ACT results released Wednesday.
The average composite score for Tennessee seniors in 2012 was 19.7, a small increase over the average composite score in 2011 of 19.5. The percentage of Tennessee students earning scores that indicate readiness for college courses also increased in each of the subjects.
In English, the average score increased to 19.6 this year from 19.4 last year. The percentage of students meeting the English college readiness benchmark was 59 percent this year, compared to 58 last year.
In reading, the average score increased to 19.9 this year from 19.7 last year. The percentage of students meeting the reading college readiness benchmark was 43 percent this year, up from 41 percent last year
In mathematics, the average score was 19.1 this year, up from 19.0 last year. The percentage of students meeting the mathematics college readiness benchmark was 29 percent this year, an increase from 27 last year.
In science, the average score increased to 19.6 this year from 19.4 last year. The percentage of students meeting the science college readiness benchmark was 21 percent this year, up from 20 percent last year.
Nationally, average scores on the high school ACT exam held steady for the class of 2012, but there has been modest progress in math and science.
The ACT scores cover the first-ever class in which more than half of high school graduates nationally took the tests - some 60 percent of students in 26 states.
The percentage of students who earned scores that show they're ready for college in all four subjects - English, reading, math and science - was unchanged at 25 percent.
But the science readiness figure rose from 28 to 31 percent, while the math figure went up from 42 to 46 percent.
Traditionally, the ACT has been a rival college entrance exam to the SAT.
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