PORTLAND, Ore. - Students who took the ACT college-entrance exam in Oregon and Washington scored higher than their peers nationwide.
The ACT is scored on a scale of 1 to 36, and Oregon's average composite score of 21.5, and Washington's average composite score of 22.8, beat the national average of 20.9.
Students in Washington ranked 7th in the country among states in which at least 20% of graduating seniors took the test. About 21% of Washington 12th graders took the ACT this year.
Nationally, the class of 2013 performed slightly worse than the 2012 class in all four subject areas - English, math, reading and science. Oregon's class of 2013 improved in English and held steady in the other subjects.