Glossary-2020 ACT ReportThis glossary defines key terms shown on the school, district, county, and state level 2020 ACT Report.
The California Department of Education (CDE) has a data agreement with the ACT, Inc. that allows the CDE to match ACT test takers to California public schools in order to produce an ACT report for each school and district. As with previous reports, the CDE is providing results for the graduating class of 2020, as defined by the ACT, Inc. These results are aggregated to produce school, district, county, and state-level reports.
An ACT report is provided for all California public schools with an enrollment equal to or greater than 15 students. The report will display the following:
- Scores if 15 or more students took the ACT exam
- An asterisks (*) to preserve student anonymity if at least one student, but less than 15 students, took the ACT exam
- An N/A if zeros students took the ACT exam, but had a grade twelve enrollment equal to or greater than 15
Schools with reports are high, middle, K-12, opportunity, or alternative. Adult education schools do not receive a report.
Note: California Education Authority (CEA) school's ACT results are not reported at the school or district levels but are rolled up to the county and state levels.
ACT scores range from 1 to 36 points.
The terms described below are listed in the order in which they appear in the table.
Name of county, district, or school.
Enrollment is based on the number of students enrolled in grade twelve, as reported by LEAs in California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS) as of Fall Census Day in October 2, 2019. (Note: The enrollment does not include "ungraded" students.)
The number of students with ACT exam scores as reported by ACT, Inc. (Note: The ACT, Inc. generates the high school (HS) code based on the school name inputted by the student on the ACT exam. The CDE uses the HS code and the school name to identify the school's County-District-School (CDS) code so that student’s ACT scores can be linked to the appropriate school.)
The average reading score was calculated by dividing the sum of the students' reading ACT scores by the "Number Tested."
The average English score was calculated by dividing the sum of the students' English ACT scores by the "Number Tested."
The average math score was calculated by dividing the sum of the students' math ACT scores by the "Number Tested."
The average science score was calculated by dividing the sum of the students' science ACT scores by the "Number Tested."
This was the number of students who scored 21 points or more on the composite score. The composite score was taken from the data file received from ACT, Inc.
This item identifies the percent of students who scored 21 points or more on the composite score by dividing the "Number of Scores >= 21" by the "Number Tested."