The ACT is a curriculum-based achievement test made up of four separate exams in English, reading, mathematics and science, plus an optional writing test. The test is administered in all 50 states and is the predominant college entrance exam in 25 states, including West Virginia.
Students can retake the ACT their senior year, if they choose. Among 2016 public school graduates, 46,285 took the ACT, up from 45,162 in 2015 and 44,558 in 2014. That compares with 40 percent a year ago. A total of 11,682 West Virginia students took the ACT.
In Rochester, scores dropped in all of the assessment's four measures - math, science, reading and English - but about 400 more students took the test compared to the year before.
To determine if students are ready for college, the test-provider looks at samples of college students nationwide and their ACT scores from high school.
By comparison, 1.7 million graduating seniors in 2015 took the SAT, the other major college entrance exam. "But, we also know that many high school students will miss out on the reforms targeted at the early grades and can't wait for us to figure out college and career readiness in the distant future".
Nevada students' average score on the ACT is the worst in the nation. The percentage of students statewide deemed ready for college coursework in each subject by the ACT were: 64 percent for English compositions courses; 42 percent for social science courses; 41 percent for algebra courses; 36 percent for biology courses; 26 percent for all four subjects.
ACT scores for Alabama's 2016 high school graduates are behind the national average, according to a report released today by the college testing organization and the state Department of Education. By comparison, the state and national graduating classes scored 20 percent (17 percent for public schools) and 26 percent.
A full breakdown of Virginia scores, using graphs to display all the numbers visually, can be found at the bottom of this article through a gallery of graphs.
Carencro High School trails the state's average composite score by 2 points and lags behind the state in subject area tests and the percentage of students ready for college-level work.
David Thibodaux STEM Magnet Academy's scores fall below state results, but has shown steady improvement in the 3 years its students have taken the ACT.