South Carolina's class of 2013 sees a rise in ACT scores from previous year

South Carolina’s class of 2013 saw a higher mean composite score on the ACT college entrance exam compared to the previous year’s graduating class, according to data released Wednesday by the South Carolina Department of Education.


The mean composite score for the state’s public school students increased by 0.2 points, to 20.1. The highest possible score is 36.

Aiken County public schools had a mean composite score of 21.4.

Four of its schools had a higher mean composite score than the state – Aiken High, South Aiken High, Midland Valley High and North Augusta High. Aiken High had the highest mean composite score of the four, with 22.8.

In Edgefield County School District, Strom Thurmond High School received a 19.1 mean composite score.

Fox Creek High School, which is in the South Carolina Public Charter School District, received a 19.6 mean composite score.


The South Carolina Department of Education released the following scores for the 2013 ACT:

North Augusta High School

South Carolina public schools20.1
Aiken County public schools21.4
Aiken High School22.8
Midland Valley High School20.2
North Augusta High School20.5
Ridge Spring-Monetta High School16.6
Silver Bluff High School19.6
South Aiken High School22.7
Wagener-Salley High School18.4
Edgefield County School District19.1
Strom Thurmond High School19.1
South Carolina Public Charter School District21.2
Fox Creek High School19.6

WASHINGTON — Almost a third of this year’s high school graduates who took the ACT tests are not prepared for college-level writing, biology, algebra or social science classes, according to data the testing company released Wednesday.

The company’s annual report also found a gap between students’ interests now and projected job opportunities when they graduate, adding to the dire outlook for the class of 2013.

The ACT reported that 31 percent of all high school graduates tested were not ready for any college coursework requiring English, science, math or reading skills. The other 69 percent of test takers met at least one of the four subject-area standards.

Just a quarter of this year’s high school graduates cleared the bar in all four subjects, demonstrating the skills they’ll need for college or a career, according to company data. The numbers are even worse for black high school graduates: Only 5 percent were deemed fully ready for life after high school.

– Associated Press



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