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KCSD seniors score all-time ACT high

More local students take exam

Posted: August 19, 2011 5:22 p.m.
Updated: August 22, 2011 5:00 a.m.

Kershaw County 2011 seniors’ average composite score on the ACT college entrance exam reached an all-time district high and outperformed the state’s school seniors at the same time a record number of local students took the test. 

The local average composite score increased two-tenths of a point to 20.2 on the ACT’s 36-point scale.  The school district tested 287 students this year. 

According to the S.C. Department of Education, one-tenth of an ACT point is comparable to four points on the SAT. 

 “I am extremely pleased,” Kershaw County School District Superintendent Frank Morgan said. “Our schools have maintained their focus on academic improvement as seen in these scores.”

The 2011 state composite score for all students rose from 20.0 to 20.1 while the national average for all seniors rose one-tenth of a point to 21.1.

The newly released ACT scores are from students who graduated in 2011, regardless of the year when their most recent scores were recorded. Four tests are included in the ACT: English, mathematics, reading and science reasoning.  Scores are reported in each of those as well as the overall composite.   

Kershaw County seniors’ scores stayed the same or improved in all four areas with the biggest gains in the English subtest where the score rose from 19.0 to 19.3. In math, the score rose from 19.8 to 20.0. The reading average score increased from 20.4 to 20.5, and the science subtest score remained at 20.4.   

North Central High School improved its average composite score from 19.3 to 20.4 while Lugoff-Elgin High School increased its score from 20.3 to 20.7. Camden High School’s average composite score in 2011 dropped to 19.4 from 20.0 in 2010. 

(This information was provided by the Kershaw County School District.)

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