Aug. 21, 2013
Texas ACT scores for
various student groups hit new highs
AUSTIN - Commissioner of Education Michael Williams today announced that the
2013 composite score for all Texas students taking the ACT college admission
test hit a new high of 20.9 according to a report released by ACT.
addition, the composite scores for Texas White, Hispanic/Latino and
African-American students are at all-time highs - matching or exceeding
national composite scores in each of those student groups.
ongoing commitment to rigor in the classroom is clearly evident in these
national results," said Commissioner Williams. "In the coming years, the
challenge will be in maintaining this momentum which has provided a strong
foundation of success for all students, while also offering all students
greater flexibility to make course choices."
"The ACT data show that we
continue to make steady progress in college and career readiness, validating
our efforts to improve rigor in Texas public schools," said Dr. Raymund
Paredes, Texas Commissioner of Higher Education. "As we begin implementation
of HB 5 to provide additional flexibility in student coursework, it is
imperative that education leaders work collaboratively to sustain a level of
rigor that prepares students for the workplace and college."
Class of 2013, the number of ACT test takers in Texas totaled 109,841. ACT
tests are administered for a number of subject areas including English, math,
reading, science and writing (optional). Texas scores in all those areas
(excluding the optional writing test) increased in 2013:
- English -
19.8 (compared to 19.6 in 2012)
- Reading - 21.0 (compared to 20.8 in
- Science - 20.9 (compared to 20.8 in 2012)
- Math - 21.5
(compared to 21.4 in 2012)
Williams specifically noted an increase
in the math scores for Texas students while national ACT scores in math
dropped to 20.9 (a decrease of .2). The ACT report also showed that 48 percent
of Texas students were identified as being ready for College Algebra compared
to 44 percent of nationally-tested students.
"We've seen that an emphasis
on an important core subject such as math can put Texas students in position
to succeed," said Commissioner Williams. "Math should continue to be a focus
in our classrooms if we expect Texas students to keep excelling and surpassing
students in other states."
highlights of the Texas ACT results for the Class of 2013 include:
- From 2012 to 2013, the Texas ACT composite score increased .1 to 20.9, an
all-time high that equals the national composite score (which dropped by .2
during the same period).
- The number of test takers
decreased slightly, from a record-high in 2012 of 110,180 to 109,841 in
- The 41,877 Texas Hispanic/Latino students reported in
the Class of 2013 represents 38 percent of the total tested population.
Nationally, Hispanic/Latino students represent 14 percent of the ACT-tested
- The 41,877 Texas Hispanic/Latino students reported in the
Class of 2013 represents an increase in participation that is greater than 85
percent over the last five years.
- The 2013 composite score
for Hispanic/Latino students in Texas is at an all-time high of 18.8, equal to
their national counterparts.
- The 2013 composite score for
African-American students in Texas is at an all-time high of 17.6, which is .7
higher than their national counterparts (16.9).
- The 2013
composite score for white students in Texas is at an all-time high of 23.3,
which is 1.1 higher than their national counterparts (22.2).
- Twenty percent of students (22,148) plan on careers in health sciences and
technologies, while business and engineering careers are tied for second at 11
percent. Fourteen percent were undecided.
The top 10 Texas
universities (in descending order) receiving scores from Texas ACT test-takers
were: Texas A&M University; University of Texas at Austin; Texas Tech
University; Texas State University; Baylor University; University of Texas at
San Antonio; University of Texas - Pan American; University of North Texas;
University of Houston; and Sam Houston State University.
The entire ACT
report - complete with national and state-by-state results - can be viewed at www.act.org/readiness/2013.