Latino students made the greatest improvement in AP exams in Texas. (Getty Images)

ACT scores hold steady, Hispanic students make gains

More Hispanic high school students took the ACT exam than ever and increased their average score, test results for the graduating class of 2012 show.

“We’ve seen a dramatic growth in the Hispanic population and that’s an encouraging sign,” Ed Colby, spokesman for ACT, an Iowa-based nonprofit, told NBC News. The rate of Hispanic high school students taking the ACT grew to 14 percent, compared to 8 percent for the 2008 graduating class, he said. “The needle is moving.”

Average scores on the ACT exam held steady for the nation’s class of 2012 from results of the previous year and showed a slight improvement in the number of students who appeared ready for math and science at the college level, according to Jim Hull, a senior policy analyst at the National School Boards Associate’s Center for Public Education.

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