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KCSD seniors score all-time high on ACT

Posted: September 3, 2013 6:16 p.m.
Updated: September 4, 2013 5:00 a.m.

Kershaw County 2013 seniors’ average composite score on the ACT college entrance exam increased three-tenths of a point, reaching an all-time district high while outperforming the state’s public school students in all four test areas.

Local students increased their average composite score from 20.0 to 20.3, two-tenths of a point higher than the average for public school students in the state, which rose to 20.1 from 19.9. The national average composite dropped from 21.1 to 20.9.

According to past reports from the SC State Department of Education, one-tenth of an ACT point is comparable to four points on the SAT.

“Once again, I’m extremely pleased with the results of our students,” said KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan. “We continue to see our students raising their level of achievement. I give the credit to the strong instructional efforts of our schools and the continued support from parents and the community.”

Morgan said that the district’s average ranks it third highest among Midlands area school districts and 16th best out of 85 SC school districts.

The ACT is a national college admissions examination that consists of subject area tests in English, mathematics, reading and science. The test includes 215 multiple-choice questions with a 36 as the highest possible score.

“We are encouraging more of our students to take both the ACT and SAT as they prepare to enter college,” Morgan said. “With the ACT being a more content-based test, some students do much better on it than the SAT. The ACT is now accepted by SC colleges and universities so it helps to be able to offer our students options.”

Kershaw County seniors’ scores improved in all four areas with the biggest gains in the English subtest where the score rose from the 2012 average of 19.1 to 19.5 in 2013. In math, the score rose from 20.0 to 20.3. The reading average score increased from 20.3 to 20.6, and the science subtest score improved from 20.1 to 20.2.

For the second straight year, Lugoff-Elgin High students surpassed the state’s scores for both public and all high school seniors in all test areas and average composite scores. Lugoff-Elgin High increased the number of students tested and improved its average composite score from 20.4 to 20.9, equaling the national composite average. Camden High’s average composite score increased from to 19.3 to 19.9 while North Central High’s average composite score dropped from 20.3 to 17.6.

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