Louisiana’s class of 2021 achieved an average ACT Composite score of 18.4, up from 18.7 in 2020 and 18.8 in 2019.

“Our students have faced extraordinary challenges over the past two school years,” said State Superintendent of Education Dr. Cade Brumley. “More than ever, we must give Louisiana students the resources and opportunities necessary to help them reach their full academic potential. “

The ACT, used for college admissions exam and TOPS scholarship eligibility, was adopted as a measure of college and career readiness in Louisiana in 2013. Since then, Louisiana student performance on ACT have informed policy. The state has noted a continued decline in student performance on ACT. One issue that has surfaced as a result of this trend is the issue of ACT’s degree of alignment with Louisiana student standards.

In response, the Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) asked LSU to conduct a study on the alignment between ACT College Career Preparation Standards and Louisiana Student Standards. Ultimately, a report will be produced to inform future decision-making regarding the additional supports educators and students need to better prepare students for ACT success.

50,101 students in the Louisiana class of 2021 took the ACT – approximately 98% of the class. LDOE has invested elementary and secondary school emergency relief funds in various programs, such as Louisiana ACT® Now and The Louisiana Pre-ACT® Initiatives, to help maintain and increase ACT participation rate of Louisiana. For more information on these programs, please visit the LDOE website.

“The persistence of the Louisiana educational community around participating in ACT tests, encouraging students to take the test multiple times and requesting and using fee waivers to improve the affordability of testing for students has resulted in notable achievements for our state despite the COVID disruption, ”said Higher Education Commissioner Dr Kim Hunter Reed. “While significant improvements are needed, we are seeing that the emergency policies and practices adopted by educators, lawmakers and Governor John Bel Edwards have paid off, giving students more opportunities to succeed in college. . However, today our students’ race, background and zip code tells us too much about their chances of success and we need to change that. Improving the performance of minority students with regard to college readiness criteria must be a priority in order to expand prosperity in our state. “

Louisiana calculates its ACT data using the “best score” calculation used by colleges and for school grades. ACT calculates the Louisiana average score for all public and private school students anticipating graduation that year using a student’s “most recent score”. The Board of Regents and BESE have a common goal that, starting with the freshman class of 2025, all Louisiana public high school graduates will complete high school with college credits (academic and / or career technical). , a valuable post-secondary degree, or both.


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