It’s only a tenth of a point, but it’s another tenth of a point. And, the latest report of how well Missouri students have done on the ACT shows Missouri’s children are above average. The ACT is often used to determine how prepared students are for college. High school graduates who have taken the ACT this year averaged a 21.6 on a 36-point scale, up a tenth of a point from last year. The national average is 20.9. The results show a higher percentage of Missouri students than the national average hit target scores in English, math, science, and reading. Seventy percent of Missouri’s graduating seniors took the test this year.