Springfield ACT Scores Exceed State, National Averages

By KOLR10 News

Published 08/19 2014 04:14PM

Updated 08/19 2014 04:20PM

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – ACT exam scores are in and Springfield Public Schools’ 2014 graduating class exceeded state and national averages, according to Springfield Public Schools spokesperson Teresa Bledsoe.

Springfield’s average composite score was 22.4, compared with Missouri’s average of 21.8 and a national average of 21.0.

Looking at last year’s district average, the school district saw a slight increase from 22.2 to 2.4.

Central, Kickapoo and Parkview High Schools increased their average ACT composite scores between 2013 and 2014, according to the district.

Bledsoe says, of 1,597 students who graduated from the district this year, 999 took the ACT exam, which is 62.6 percent of the 2014 graduating class.

In 2013, 1,078 students, or 65.1 percent, took the ACT.

The ACT is curriculum-based tests focused on English, math, reading and science designed to measure skills students need to succeed their first year of college.

According to Bledsoe, beginning with the 2014-15 school year, the number of students who take the ACT will increase.

In January, the State Board of Education approved giving the ACT to all eleventh grade students in Missouri public schools, with the exception of students who are eligible for the Missouri Assessment Program-Alternate (MAP-A). The test will be administered at no cost to participating students.

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