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UCPS graduates’ ACT scores top state, national average for 5th year

Forest Hills High School graduates wait for their names to be called to receive their high school diplomas.

Union County Public Schools’ graduates posted a 22.8 average ACT composite score in 2012.

UCPS graduates have outscored the state and national average for five consecutive years. Nationally, 52 percent of students took the ACT and posted an average composite score of 21.1, while North Carolina graduates posted an average score of 21.4.

The ACT (American College Testing) is a standardized test for high school achievement and college admissions in the United States. It is a curriculum-based achievement test consisting of four separate exams in English, reading, mathematics andscience, as well as an optional writing assessment.

The ACT is scored on a scale of 1 to 36 with 36 being the highest possible composite score. In Union County, the Class of 2012 graduates’ average was highest in math (23.6), followed by reading (23.1), science (22.3), and English (21.8).

“I am very proud of the hard work of our students and teachers,” said Superintendent Dr. Mary Ellis. “Parents send their children to school expecting that they will graduate prepared for the next step in life.

Posting ACT scores that top state and national averages, along with the recent release of cohort graduation rates showing UCPS has the highest graduation rate among the 34 largest school systems in the state, illustrate our teachers’ and administrators’ commitment to ‘Preparing All Students to Succeed’.”

Written by: Rob Jackson, Community Relations and Communications Liaison
Posted: Sep 05, 2012 by Deb Coates Bledsoe

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