The Class of 2011 posted a record-high math score on the ACT college entrance exam, a clear sign that Texas’ rigorous graduation requirements are producing results.

This class was the first group of students to follow the so-called four-by-four graduation plan, which requires four years of high school study in mathematics, English, science and social studies. They were also required to earn a total of 26 course credits in order to graduate.

The Texas average score on the ACT mathematics exam reached 21.5 out of a possible score of 36. That 0.7 point increase since 2007 is considered a phenomenal increase in scores, and is higher than the national score of 21.1. In comparison, the national average math score increased 0.1 points over the same time period.

This increase occurred even as the state’s number of test takers rose from 92,612 in 2010 to 101,569 in 2011. Since 2009, the number of Texas students taking the ACT increased by 18,929 examinees, a significant number given that the typical increase is about 3,000 per year.

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