College Readiness Data Dashboard

High School Diploma type and ACT Data


College Readiness

This report examines post-secondary enrollment and average ACT scores for recent Nevada high school students completing a standard or advanced 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:

  • The Nevada State Board of Education selected the ACT as Nevada’s College and Career Readiness (CCR) Assessment.
  • Studies have determined that the ACT assesses content that correlates directly to Nevada Academic Content Standards that high schools are currently teaching, designed to prepare students for college or career by graduation.
  • ACT scores are not used to determine graduation eligibility. Students are required to participate, but not to achieve a certain score in order to graduate from high school. Participating in the ACT with Writing is required.
  • The ACT test is administered at the student’s school during the regular school day, at no charge to students.
  • The Nevada Board of Regents adopted a policy guaranteeing that students whose results on the ACT meet specified college-readiness benchmarks will be placed directly into college-level math and English courses and are exempt from being placed into remediation if certain conditions are met.
  • The ACT helps students plan for their future. In addition to the tests, the ACT also provides students with a unique Interest Inventory and a Student Profile Section, which provides a profile of their work in high school and their career choices for career and college decision-making.
Source: 2018-19 Nevada Graduation College and Career Readiness Assessment Requirements

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:

College Course ACT Subject - Area TestScore
BiologyScience23
College AlgebraMathematics22
English CompositionEnglish18
Social SciencesReading22

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.

4-Year Institutions

  • University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • University of Nevada, Reno
  • Nevada State College

2-Year Institutions

  • College of Southern Nevada
  • Great Basin College
  • Truckee Meadows Community College
  • Western Nevdada College

Methodology
This report is based on the ACT assessment administered during a student's junior and/or senior 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 an advanced or standard diploma and for whom the ACT subject area score exists.

Source: NSHE Student Data Warehouse, Statewide Longitudinal Data System (SLDS)


Advanced and Standard High School Diploma Graduates Only
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Includes all Advanced and Standard high school graduates regardless of enrollment at NSHE

Advanced and Standard high school diploma graduates that enroll at any NSHE instituiton within one year immediately following graduation
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For Nevada high school graduates (advanced and standard diploma) that enroll at any NSHE instituiton within one year immediately following graduation
     
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Statewide administration of the ACT for all high school juniors began in 2015. The dashboard reflects data for the high school graduating class of 2015-16 and beyond only.

For Nevada high school graduates (advanced and standard diploma) that enroll at any NSHE instituiton within one year immediately following graduation
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Statewide administration of the ACT for all high school juniors began in 2015. The dashboard reflects data for the high school graduating class of 2015-16 and beyond only.

2015-16   2016-17   2017-18  

The following graph indicates the percent of enrolled students (by institution) that are above or below the ACT college readiness benchmark in English and/or mathematics. This is not to be construed as placement rates, but rather indicates how recent high school graduates enrolled at NSHE institutions performed on the standardized ACT.
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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 the corresponding credit-bearing college courses.

Statewide administration of the ACT for all high school juniors began in 2015. The dashboard reflects data for the high school graduating class of 2015-16 and beyond only.