Recently, the ACT results of the 2016 graduating class were released. The ACT consists of curriculum-based tests in English, math, reading, and science. The tests measure the skills needed for success in first-year college coursework. The composite score for Lowndes High School was 21.8. This score reflects a 1.5 point increase over the 2015 composite score of 20.2. The 2016 composite score surpassed both the state composite score of 21.1 and the national composite score of 20.8.
Especially notable is that the overall ACT composite score increased with more Lowndes High School students choosing to take the ACT in 2016. Lowndes High School had 233 ACT test takers in 2016, compared to 207 test-takers in 2015. Likewise, more high schoolers in the state and the nation are choosing to take the ACT.
The Lowndes High School composite score reflects the school’s average score of 21.6 in English, 20.5 in math, 23.1 in reading, and 21.3 in science for all test-takers. ACT benchmark scores of 18 in English, 22 in math, 22 in reading, and 23 in science have been established by ACT to indicate that a student has a 50% chance of earning a B or higher or about a 75% chance of obtaining a C or higher in the corresponding credit-bearing college course. Approximately 31% of Lowndes High School test-takers met the benchmark score in all four content areas. At the state level, twenty-seven percent of ACT test-takers met the college readiness benchmark score in all four content areas. Nationally, twenty-six percent of test-takers met the benchmark score in all four content areas. The ACT is just one tool schools and school systems can use to monitor and measure college readiness.
ACT Research has shown that it is the rigor of coursework that has the greatest impact on ACT performance and college readiness. Ensuring that students experience a meaningful, engaging curriculum is our priority in all content areas across all grades in the Lowndes County School System. Proper course guidance, a challenging curriculum, and purposeful career and college ready activities in each elementary school, middle school, and the high school are just a few of the procedures in place to ensure all students are college and career ready.