Alabama's 2007 high school graduates kept pace with national gains on the average ACT score, but the state's average still trailed the country on the college-entrance exam.
The state also set a record for the number of students to take the test.
For '07 graduates, Alabama's average ACT composite score was 20.3, an increase of 0.1 from last year on the test. Scores range from 1 to 36.
The national average increased by the same margin, from 21.1 to 21.2
Alabama also increased slightly the number of students making a benchmark score—18 in English, 22 in math, 21 in reading and 24 in science—in all four subject areas.