TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey students topped the
national benchmarks for average scores on the ACT exam for the high school class
Nationally, overall readiness scores remain much lower in science and math
compared to English and reading. Just 46 percent of students of the record 1.66
million who took the exam met the national benchmark in math, as did 31 percent
in science, compared to 67 percent in English and 52 percent in reading.
In New Jersey, 67 percent of students who took the exam met the national
benchmark in math, as did 43 percent in science. Eighty-one percent met the
benchmark in English, while 67 percent made it in reading.
The scores, released Wednesday, cover the first-ever class in which more than
half of graduates nationally took the ACT.