WPR News
5:49 pm
Wed August 19, 2009

Wyoming ACT scores drop again

Laramie, Wy – Wyoming's average ACT scores dropped a full point this year, and state officials say the reason is that more students are taking the test. Jim McBride is the state Superintendent of Public Instruction. He says since 2007, the test has been mandatory for any Wyoming student who wants to receive the state Hathaway Scholarship to attend the University of Wyoming or the state's community colleges. McBride says that's made the test more attractive to students, even those who aren't that interested in going to college. He says that affects the state's average scores.
"When you mix those who are interested and those who are marginally interested, or not interested, we expected that the scores might go down."
This year about 55-hundred students took the ACT, up from about 44-hundred last year. The average statewide score was 20, down from
21-point-one last year. Average scores declined in every one of the test's four subjects.