ACT National Scores Trend Downward

report released this week by ACT for the 2020 enrollment cycle documents the third consecutive year of decline in the national composite score.

The data is a result of 1.7 million ACT test takers in the 2020 entering class. Though the decline in composite score was marginal from the prior year (20.7 to 20.6), it has caught the attention of researchers studying college readiness.

It also presents an interesting juxtaposition to the growing number of schools nationally, including Lewis, who have adopted test-score optional policies. Should we be concerned about this trend or are test scores no longer the best reflection on students’ academic abilities?

What we continue to discover at Lewis, regardless of high school GPA or test score(if provided), enrolling students benefit tremendously from personal attention and direct interaction with their professors and fellow classmates in their courses. This is as true for the high-achievers who want to excel in every way possible as well as those students who need extra support and encouragement.

Schools like Lewis, who meet students where they are and focus on helping them achieve their goals, are in the best position to respond to any deficits in college readiness of future students.

About Raymond Kennelly

Senior Vice President for Enrollment Management, Marketing and Planning at Lewis University Skilled in Strategic Planning, Recruiting, Public Speaking, Media Relations and Curriculum Development.

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