Average scores on the ACT college entrance exam inched downward this year nationally, while Texas scores held steady.
A report Wednesday indicates last spring's high-school seniors averaged a composite score of 21.0 on the scale of 1 to 36, down slightly from 21.1 last year and the lowest score in five years.
In Texas, the average composite score of 20.8 remained the same since the previous year.
At the same time, 24 percent of ACT-tested students met or surpassed all four of the test's benchmarks measuring their preparedness for college English, reading, math and science. That is up from 23 percent last year and 21 percent in 2006.
The number of Texas seniors who met or surpassed the ACT benchmarks improved to 24 percent, up from 22 percent in 2009 and
18 percent in 2006.