2019 ACT Results

Districtwide ACT Scores At or Above National Average
Posted on 10/30/2019

Students taking testRio Rancho Public Schools' mission is to graduate students with a strong foundation for individual success, whether they choose to go on to college, join the military, or enter the job market.  The latest results from one of the nation's leading tests of college and career readiness suggests the district's high schools are doing just that.

Data from 640 Rio Rancho Public Schools 2019 graduating seniors who took the ACT exams for college entrance shows RRPS students are the equal of students nationally when it comes to college and career readiness.  

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ACT establishes benchmark scores in each of four college subject areas -- College Science, Reading, Math, and  English --  that indicate a student's chances of earning a B or C in credit-bearing college courses.   In each of the four areas, the percentage exceeds or equals national average and well above the state average.  More than one-quarter of our students – 26% -- were found to be college-ready in all four subject areas, equaling the national average. 

ACT College Readiness

Students meeting college readiness benchmarks

All four subject areas

College English 

College Math

College Reading

College Science

Rio Rancho High

24%

61%

38%

48%

40%

Cleveland High

28%

63%

41%

48%

44%

Rio Rancho Cyber Academy

50%

86% 50% 64% 71%

Independence High

**

**

**

**

**

Rio Rancho district

26%

62%

39%

48%

42%

 

 

 

 

 

 

State average

16%

47%

27%

37%

26%

National average

26%

59%

39%

45%

36%

 **To protect student privacy, percentages are not reported for groups of fewer than 10 students

Individual subject areas tested on the ACT, RRPS seniors continue to measure up well against their peers around the nation.  The district composite score of 21.1 -- a slight increase over last year -- exceeds the national average of 20.7 and far exceeds New Mexico's average composite score of 19.3.   Scores in individual subject equal or exceed the national average and are well ahead of the state average.    

Filling in answer bubbles on a testThe ACT is a curriculum-based achievement test designed to measure the skills and knowledge taught in school and deemed important for first-year college students to possess.  The ACT is widely accepted by colleges and universities in New Mexico and all major colleges and universities across the nation. 


The chart below shows all of Rio Rancho’s high schools along with the state and national averages in each category.  

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ACT scores

Composite

English

Math

Reading

Science

# students taking test

Rio Rancho High

21.1

19.8

20.3

21.9

21.0

322

Cleveland High

21.2

19.9

20.4

22.0

21.7

299

Rio Rancho Cyber Academy

23.7

23.3

22.2

24.5

24.5

14

Independence High

**

**

**

**

**

5

Rio Rancho district

21.1

20.1

20.4

22.0

21.6

640

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

State average

19.3

18.1

18.9

20.0

19.6

13,196 

National average

20.7

19.9

20.4

21.2

20.6

1,782,820 


  **To protect student privacy, scores are not reported for groups of fewer than 10 students

Rio Rancho High School and district administrators use the ACT data, along with information from other tests to determine where improvement is needed and where changes in curriculum or instructional strategies might help students.