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ACT scores increase in all areas, UCPS outperforms state average

ACT established benchmark scores in each area to indicate readiness for college-level courses.

A report released today by ACT, Inc. shows that Union County Public Schools scores increased in 2014.

Results from the ACT college readiness exam confirm that the district average rose in English, math, reading and science. The overall composite increased from 19.9 in 2013 to 20.3 in 2014. In addition, UCPS outperformed the state in all areas.

“We are very pleased to see that our ACT scores are improving,” said Superintendent Dr. Mary Ellis. “We realize that we have more work to do, but this is an indication that our students are on the right track to be career and college ready.”

The data released today reflects scores for 2014 graduates. The ACT consists of curriculum-based tests in four areas: English, math, reading and science. It is designed to measure the skills needed for success in first year college coursework.

ACT established benchmark scores in each area to indicate readiness for college-level courses.

A benchmark score is the minimum score needed on an ACT subject-area test to indicate a 50 percent chance of obtaining a B or higher or about a 75 percent chance of obtaining a C or higher in the corresponding credit-bearing college courses, which include English composition, algebra, social science and biology.

The following chart shows a two-year trend for average ACT scores. Click here to see the high school data.

Written by: Tahira Stalberte, UCPS Chief Communications Officer
Posted: Aug 20, 2014 by Deb Coates Bledsoe

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