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Mass. Students Fare Better on ACT Tests

State education officials say Massachusetts students who take the national college admissions ACT test score better than their national counterparts.

Officials announced Wednesday that scores from the 2012 test show Massachusetts students outperforming the national average by three points.

Out of a possible 36 points, Massachusetts students received an average composite score of 24.1, compared to the national average score of 21.1.

Nearly a quarter of Massachusetts private and public high school students took the test in 2012. Education officials said the number of students taking the test in the state has grown over the past four years.

Gov. Deval Patrick said the test results reaffirm the "great things our students and educators can achieve." He said his administration will continue working to improve college readiness in the state.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.

Lucas Willard is a news reporter and host at WAMC Northeast Public Radio, which he joined in 2011. He produces and hosts The Best of Our Knowledge and WAMC Listening Party.