High School Diploma type and ACT Data
This report examines post-secondary enrollment and average ACT scores for recent Nevada high school students completing a standard, advanced, alternative and college and career ready diploma.
Standard vs. Advanced Diploma Types
Standard and Advanced diploma requirements can be found here. In general, the Advanced diploma requires a weighted or unweighted GPA of 3.25 and an additional unit of mathematics (4 units total) and an additional unit of science (3 units total) compared to the Standard diploma. Effective 2019, Advanced diploma recipients may receive a college or career ready endorsement by meeting additional requirements that are noted here.
ACT College Readiness Assessment
In order to determine college and career readiness for Nevada high school students, it is required to take an assessment of such readiness prior to graduation. The Nevada Department of Education highlights the following points regarding the ACT:
ACT Benchmark Scores
The College Readiness Benchmark Scores as reported by the ACT are defined as the minimum score needed on an ACT subject-area test to indicate a 50% chance of obtaining a B or higher or about a 75% chance of obtaining a C or higher in corresponding credit-bearing college courses. These courses include English Composition, Algebra, Social Science, and Biology. These scores are empirically derived based on the actual performance of students in college.
ACT determined college readiness benchmarks scores are as follows:
ACT Subject - Area Test|
Average ACT Scores
Statewide administration of the ACT for all high school juniors began in 2015. The dashboard reflects data for the high school graduating class of 2016 and beyond only and not for prior classes that did not participate in statewide ACT administration.
ACT State Profile Reports
Following are the ACT prepared profile reports for Nevada for each high school graduating class indicated. These reports include average score data for the entire graduating class and includes various score breakdowns for each class.
This report is based on the ACT assessment administered during a student's junior high school year.
If a student took the ACT assessment more than once, the report uses the highest ACT score for a given subject area or composite score. Super scoring is not used.
Average ACT scores are calculated only for students that enrolled at any NSHE institution within one year immediately following HS graduation with a Standard, Advanced, Alternative, or College and Career Ready diploma and for whom the ACT subject area score exists.
Source: NSHE Student Data Warehouse, Statewide Longitudinal Data System (SLDS), National Student Clearinghouse (via NDE).