Missouri’s high school graduating class of 2023 included 83 students earning a perfect ACT score of 36. According to the ACT organization, about 66% of Missouri’s graduates took the test to measure whether they are ready for college.

Missouri’s average ACT score for 2023 graduates was 19.8, eclipsing the national average of 19.5.

The ACT data shows that about 54% of Missouri’s 2023 graduates were college ready in English, 30% in Math, 42% in reading, and 33% in science. Roughly 21% me all four benchmarks.

The scores show a continuing decline in performance since the pandemic.

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