Once again, Washington's 12th graders who chose to take the ACT college entrance exam have outscored the national average for the 2012-13 school year.

Once again, Washington’s 12th graders who chose to take the ACT college entrance exam have outscored the national average for the 2012-13 school year.

Washington’s average composite score is 22.8, which is the nation’s seventh highest among states in which at least 20 percent of graduating seniors took the test.

A composite score covers English, reading, math and science. This year’s national average composite score is 20.9.

About 21 percent of Washington 12th graders (14,316) took the ACT in the 2012-13 school year.