But results released Wednesday also show that boosting college readiness among Idaho’s high school graduates is proving a stubborn goal for the state.
Idaho students scored an average of 21.6 on a scale of 1 to 36 while the national average was 21.1, results that are nearly identical to those released last year.
But also unchanged was the percentage of Idaho high school graduates who proved ready for higher education. Like last year, only 26 percent of Idaho students who took the test met or surpassed all four benchmarks measuring their preparedness for college English, reading, math and science.
More than 11,800 students in Idaho took the ACT this year.
Meanwhile, average scores on the ACT exam were up slightly for the Washington state high school class of 2012, while the percentage of high school students taking the exam has also increased.
The average ACT composite test score for Washington seniors was 22.9.
21 percent of Washington seniors the ACT exam. The SAT is the more popular college entrance exam in this state, with more than half of the eligible Washington students taking the SAT. (AP)