Wyoming ACT scores increase for graduating seniors

NATIONAL FIGURES ACT scores nationally are higher in part because a smaller percent of students take the test.- ACT INC

The ACT scores for the Union County School District increased slightly from 16.6 in 2016 to 16.9 in 2017. Data for SC school districts and schools is available here.

The ACT and the SAT are standardized tests taken as college entrance exams by students in 10th, 11th and 12th grade.

The Vermont Agency of Education warns it is hard to draw conclusions from the ACT testing data because so few students take the test.

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

-Average scores for Oklahoma students in each subsection were English, 18.5; math, 18.8; reading, 20.1; and science, 19.6.

Test scores increased in almost every racial and ethnic group. "Steady gains in states are not unusual, but we rarely see this type of improvement over such a short period of time", said Paul Weeks, ACT senior vice president for client relations.

Health sciences and technologies continues to be the most popular college major choice among the nation's graduates, beating the next highest named major, business, by a almost 2-to-1 ratio.

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.

The number of Kansas students taking the ACT continues to rise as the state continues to outperform the nation in all four assessed areas - English, reading, mathematics and science.

The state's scores have been ticking up for the last five years.

In STEM, a particularly rigorous benchmark created from students' math and science scores, only 2 percent of the students who met all three underserved criteria reached the college-ready benchmark, but 31 percent of the more-advantaged students met it. Educators and policymakers have been urging students to consider careers that demand science, technology, engineering, and math skills, since those jobs are increasingly in demand and can pay well.

Twenty-eight percent of tested 2017 Nebraska graduates met all four benchmarks, compared with 27 percent for the nation. Forty-two percent of students met none of the benchmarks, an increase of 9 percentage points. But many students have work obligations and transportation problems that interfere with weekend testing dates, he said.

According to a release, the percentage of Virginia public school students meeting the ACT's college-readiness benchmark in each content area was 18 or more points higher than the national percentages. The scores for their graduating class won't be made public until a year from now. In math, 61 percent were deemed ready versus 41 percent nationally.

Wyoming ACT scores are up for the 2017 graduating seniors.

"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.

In Reading, the district's score increased from 17.1 in 2016 to 17.3 in 2017.

"While we are encouraged by the increasing number of Kansas students preparing for postsecondary education, we know we have to better prepare our students both academically and socially/emotionally for life after high school", said Kansas Commissioner of Education Dr.

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