The Nebraska Education Department says Nebraska's average ACT composite score was 21.7, up over the national average of 21.0. The highest possible ACT score is 36.
Of the 17 states with 80 percent or more graduates taking the ACT, Nebraska scored at the top. The SAT is another commonly accepted entrance exam, which is why only 17 states had 80 percent of more graduates take the ACT.
In this year's ACT report titled "The Condition of College & Career Readiness 2014," Nebraska high school graduates scored higher than graduates in other states in each subject tested. The report says 72 percent of Nebraska graduates met the English goal, compared to 64 percent nationally; 48 percent met the reading goal, compared to 44 percent nationally; 45 met the mathematics benchmark, compared to 43 percent nationally; and 42 percent tested ready in science compared to 37 percent nationally.
Eighty-six percent of Nebraska's graduates took the ACT exam, up from 2013's 84 percent. From 2010 to 2014, the number of ACT test-takers in Nebraska increased by 10 percent.