When it comes to the ACT test, Massachusetts high school seniors are the cream of the crop! Maybe it's in the water, I don't know, but the latest results of the standardized test used for college admissions show that the state's graduating high school class is number one in the nation.

In a press release last week, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education announced that students in the graduating Class of 2021 had the highest composite score in the nation on the ACT test.

Not too shabby...

Massachusetts 2021 public and private high school graduates who chose to take the ACT had an average composite score of 27.6 out of a possible 36, up from last year (26.0). When looking at only public school graduates, Massachusetts’ average composite score was 27.9. The national average for public and private school students was 20.3, a slight decrease from last year’s 20.6. In addition, 70 percent of Massachusetts graduates met all four ACT college readiness benchmarks, up from 59 percent last year and above the national average of 25 percent.
 
Massachusetts students had the highest percentage of 2021 ACT test-takers meeting the math (81 percent), science (79 percent), and reading (83 percent) benchmarks and tied with Connecticut for the highest percentage of students meeting the English (81 percent) benchmark. ~ Results of the 2021 ACT via the DOE press release

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Such a great accomplishment during a time that has been very difficult for many students in the U.S.

The pandemic disrupted many people’s college preparations, but these scores show impressive work by thousands of the Commonwealth’s students. ~ Education Secretary James Peyser

 

Cheers to the Commonwealth's amazing high school seniors! Nice work!