ACT Scores

CHICAGO (AP) -- The state education superintendent says he's pleased with the performance of Illinois students on the ACT test, although the results were unchanged from last year.

The Illinois State Board of Education says the average ACT composite score for Illinois seniors who graduated this year remains at 20-point-5 out of 36.

The board also reported that 68 of the more than 140,000 students from the class of 2007 who took the test got a perfect 36. Just 33 students posted a perfect score last year.

State Education Superintendent Christopher Koch praised the test results, saying the five-year trend "continues on an upward swing." And he calls doubling the number of perfect scores "a true testament to the great job our educators are doing."

The ACT tests students in four subject areas: English, math, reading and science.

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