WFHS Leads the State in ACT Scores
Louisiana held steady while the nation as a whole slipped slightly on a key college placement test this past year, according to ACT results released Wednesday.
Districts with the highest ACT composite averages are West Feliciana (21.9) and St. Tammany (21.8). Both districts are higher than the national average of 21.0. Districts showing the biggest gains in their 2010 composite scores are St. Helena (1.4 point gain), Bienville (1.2 point gain), and Plaquemines (1.1 point gain).
The state’s average ACT composite score this year was the same as last year, 20.1. The state, in 2008, scored 20.3, its highest mark since the test was revamped in the 1980s.
The national average is 21.0, down a tenth of a point from last year. The top score possible is 36.
The ACT results show how almost 35,601 public and private high school graduates in the state fared in the English, math, reading and science sections that make up the test. That’s 1,053 more Louisiana graduates than took it in 2009.
Colleges use ACT results primarily to help determine admissions and scholarships.
Almost 1.6 million high school graduates nationwide took the ACT earlier this year.
Louisiana is ranked 41st nationally in how students fared on the exam. Last year, the state came in at 43rd.
The state Department of Education also released district-level results Wednesday:
•West Feliciana Parish led the state with an overall score of 21.9, up 0.7 point from 2009.
•Ascension Parish, 20.5, up 0.2 point from 2009.
•Baker, 17.0, down 0.4 point from 2009.
•Central, 21.0, up 0.9 point from 2009.
•East Baton Rouge Parish, 19.4, down 0.3 point from 2009.
•Lafayette Parish, 20.6, down 0.1 point from 2009.
•Livingston Parish, 20.7, up 0.4 point from 2009.
•West Baton Rouge Parish, 19.4, down 0.1 point from 2009.
•Zachary, 20.9, up 0.6 point from 2009.
The state-run Recovery School District based in New Orleans pulled the rear statewide with an overall score of 15.6, though that was 0.6 point better than last year.
For more information on how Louisiana school districts performed on the ACT, go to http://www.doe.state.la.us/lde/comm/pressrelease.aspx?PR=1451.
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#1 Aug 24, 2010
Congrats to all the students, teachers, and administrators!!!! Job well done!!
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