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Nevada High School Students Score Below National Average On ACT

Nevada high school students scored worse than every other state on the ACT college entrance exam.

The average score of Nevada’s high school seniors this year was 17.8, while the national average sits at 21.

State officials said Nevada juniors scored an average composite score of 17.4.

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In 2016, the state made it mandatory for all 11 th-graders to take the ACT – it’s a move education officials say is the reason for the drop in scores.

In 2015, only about 4,800 students took the ACT, then after the law was passed, that number jumped to over 22,000 students in 2016.