LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Michigan's average scores on the ACT college entrance exam have remained steady in the two full years since the state's high school students have been required to take the test.
The average composite score for Michigan students in the graduating class of 2009 was 19.6 on a scale of 1 to 36, according to test results released Wednesday. That's the same average score for Michigan students in the class of 2008.
The national average was 21.1 for both classes.
Michigan students slightly improved scores in science and math in 2009. English and reading scores dipped slightly.
Michigan's ACT scores have been below the national average since all state students began taking the test with the class of 2008. Michigan's ACT scores were above the national average when the test was optional and taken mostly by students who planned to go to college.
Nearly 122,000 Michigan students took the 2009 test, compared to about 78,000 in 2007.
Michigan is one of five states where all students take the test before high school graduation. The others -- Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky and Wyoming -- also have average composite scores slightly below the national average.