St. Mary increases ACT test takers, scores
A record-setting 366 St. Mary high school seniors participated in the ACT with a rise in composite score from 19.3 in 2010 to 19.8 in 2011.
The class of 2011 composite of 19.8 beat the class of 2010’s composite of 19.3. It was, however, below the state composite average of 20.2.
Composite scores for this year’s graduating seniors saw an increase at five of six parish high schools with Berwick, Centerville and Morgan City high schools scoring higher than the state average. Further, St. Mary Parish students improved in three of the four content areas tested, rising 0.9 in English, 0.4 in reading, and 0.4 in mathematics, while decreasing .2 in science.
With a growing number of St. Mary students desiring to enter college, the district focused on a preparation plan including offering Saturday workshops to afford students additional support for the ACT.
This year, the free two-day ACT workshops will be held at Berwick and Franklin high schools in October and March.
“I congratulate our 2011 graduates for the heightened level of participation in ACT testing as students prepare for post-secondary education,” Superintendent Dr. Don Aguillard said.
“I am pleased with the increase of our district composite score and feel confident that our graduates can succeed in both a college and a career environment. High schools are poised to continue to improve college readiness on the ACT and within the college preparatory curriculum.
“The district challenges high school students to work vigorously toward completion of the Louisiana Core 4 Curriculum that better prepares them for the university setting. I fully expect students will exert every effort in pursuance of a high school diploma that reflects the coursework necessary to succeed at the next level of academia.”
Statewide, Louisiana’s average composite ACT score increased by one-tenth of a point, from 20.1 in 2010 to 20.2 in 2011, keeping pace with the national increase, the state Department of Education said.
Louisiana’s average composite ACT score still trails the national composite score of 21.1 but the state’s growth over the last 10 years has outpaced national growth, the state said, citing a report released Wednesday by ACT Inc., which administers the college entrance test.
The average ACT composite score for African-American students in Louisiana is 17.5, compared to 17.0 nationally. Louisiana’s American-Indian students earned an average composite score of 19.2, compared to 18.6 nationally. Louisiana’s Hispanic students’ average composite was 20.4, compared to 18.7 nationally. Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders in Louisiana scored 20.2, compared to 19.5 nationally.