ACT scores in Alabama are improving.
According to the Alabama State Department of Education, the state's average composite score for 2014 public school graduates taking the ACT test is 20.3.
That's compared to the score of 20.1 in 2012.
State Superintendent of Education Dr. Tommy Bice said, â€œWe are beginning to see incremental increases in the level of college- and career-preparedness for Alabama students, as evidenced by this most recent ACT report. For more than 50 years, the ACT has served as a benchmark to determine where a student is in terms of his or her readiness for the level of rigor they can expect at a college or university. While there is obviously room for improvement, we have seen consistent growth in the right direction.â€
The national ACT score average is 21.0.
The top 5 colleges chosen by Alabama ACT takers are: The University of Alabama, Auburn University, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, the University of South Alabama, and Troy University.