LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada students’ average score on the ACT is the worst in the nation.

A report released Wednesday showed the average composite score of Nevada students in the Class of 2016 was 17.7 out of 36. That’s the lowest among the 18 states that try to test all of their high school juniors, as well as among states where fewer take the test and scores trend higher.

State superintendent Steve Canavero noted that Nevada has a diverse and often transient student body, but says that shouldn’t be an excuse for the persistently low scores.

Nevada tested more than 32,000 students in the graduating Class of 2016. For the past two years, the results have shown that only about 10 percent of the Nevada test takers are college-ready in four key subjects.

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