ACT scores just came out for New Orleans.
In 2005, the ACT composite average for New Orleans was a 17.
In 2014, it was 18.8
Also, in 2005, the ACT was not required, so many fewer students took it.
In 2014, the ACT was required, so nearly all New Orleans students took it.
It is estimated that if all students took the test in 2005, the New Orleans ACT score would have been 16.
In 2005, scoring a 17 put you at the 26th percentile in the country. Scoring a 16 put you in the 20th percentile.
In 2014, scoring a 19 put you at the the 42nd percentile in the country.
Given these figures, a rough estimate is that New Orleans has moved from about the 25th to 40th percentile in ACT scores.
If these numbers are right (let me know if I’ve made a mistake), this is incredible progress.
Over the next decade, I look forward to watching New Orleans catch and then surpass the national average.
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