As Advocate reporter Will Sentell writes in this story, this year's Louisiana ACT scores averaged 20.1, a slight decline from the record 20.3 posted the year before. The national average, 21.1, remains the same as last year.
The decline can be partially explained by a 13% increase in the number of Louisiana students taking the test, say officials of the Southern Regional Education Board.
UPDATE: Here is the Department of Education's press release about the latest ACT scores. DOE spokesperson Renee Greer has a quote from ACT's Ed Colby that further explains how the expanded number of participants affected results:
“Generally, when the testing population expands so dramatically, it’s not
unusual for scores to go down, because it is likely that a more academically
diverse group of students is being tested. The fact that Louisiana’s overall
trend is positive is encouraging.”