US Students' Scores Inch Up on Latest ACT

US Students' Scores Inch Up on Latest ACT

The ACT scores for the Union County School District increased slightly from 16.6 in 2016 to 16.9 in 2017.

Minnesota's score rebounded some this year on the ACT college entrance exam, but not enough to regain its spot as No. 1 in the nation. Thirteen percent of the students who took the ACT were African-American, a level that's held steady since 2013.

Kansas students earned an average composite score of 21.7, which is a slight decrease from 2016.

"The ACT results for the 2017 public school graduating class represent a new baseline for Arkansas, as this is the first time the statewide administration of the exam is reflected in the scores for the graduating class", said Arkansas Department of Education Commissioner Johnny Key. "The latest results continue a long-term trend of higher achievement and increasingly well-prepared graduates".

The ACT's new web-based testing platform hit some snags in SC in February and March, when students saw their computer and tablet screens freeze as the testing timer ticked on.

With the ACT, students earn scores in four different subject tests, math, science, reading and English.

Among southern states that test all students, Louisiana ranks third after Kentucky, with a score of 20, and Tennessee, with a score of 19.8.




Bacon's bottom line: The improved scores of Virginia students is impressive, especially against the backdrop of flat scores nationally. The most significant increases were in science, which grew by a full three percentage points outperforming the growth in the state, while those meeting math and STEM benchmarks increased a full point while the state remained percentage remained unchanged since past year.

"The gaps are persistent and pervasive, and we're not making much progress", said Jed Applerouth, the founder of Applerouth Tutoring Services, a national test-preparation company. "We're pleased to see increases in those areas and even more so to have concrete data points to chart adjustments in curriculum and additional focus areas".

The SATs and ACTs are tests high school students take who want to go to college. But the opposite happened this year with Hispanic students, which makes their performance notable.

National Career Readiness Certificate® (NCRC®) at the gold level or higher. In any case, the ACT scores apply only to the 29% of the Virginia student population that takes the tests, not to the other 71%.

"ACT's annual College and Career Readiness report is one that should not be taken lightly, particularly as it relates to our traditionally undeserved students", said S.C. Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman.

MCA scores have been stagnant the past few years, with high school proficiency in 2017 at 48 percent in math, 61 percent in reading and 56 percent in science.

"Although there are a multitude of efforts that have commenced to introduce students to increased post-secondary options, including enhanced partnerships with local colleges and universities and the launch of the AIKEN WORKS initiative, the District-wide administration of the ACT has absolutely been a contributing factor in allowing students greater opportunity to continue their education after high school", Bassford said.

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