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ACT scores mostly steady across Colorado, region

By: KRISTINA IODICE
August 17, 2012
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The number of students in Colorado taking the ACT exam decreased slightly in 2012, but the state average composite score barely changed.

The scores of test-takers in the Pikes Peak region were around the state average, mostly steady or a bit improved over the results from last year. Most gains or losses in the average composite score were less than a point.

Students at The Vanguard School were among the highest performing in the state, ranking third with an average composite score of 26.8 — a one-point decrease from 2011. Vanguard students also earned the title of top-performing high school in the region. A handful of students achieved perfection in some or all of the subject areas.

The Colorado Department of Education released school and district ACT results Friday. ACT stands for American College Testing, and is a standardized test used to evaluate high school achievement and by some colleges for admissions. A perfect composite score is 36, which includes scores from sections on English, math, reading and science reasoning.

Statewide, the number of students taking the ACT decreased, as the average composite score increased, from 19.9 to 20.0.

The trends were echoed for local schools and school districts. Almost every area school district saw an increase in test-takers, with the largest numerical increase in Academy School District 20. The district also had the largest number of students taking the test. The average composite score for D-20 dipped by a fraction, from 22.3 in 2011 to 22.1 in 2012.

The largest school district in the region, Colorado Springs School District 11 also saw a slight dip in the average composite score, falling below the state average with 18.9.

Smaller school districts in the Pikes Peak region saw improvement in average composite scores.

The average composite score for Edison School District 54-JT increased from 19.7 last year to 23.8. Ellicott School District 22 and Peyton School District 23-JT also saw gains. The larger Harrison School District 2 was another district with improvement.

Statewide, the 2012 average scores increased in English (19.0 to 19.4) and Mathematics (20.0 to 20.1) from the 2011 averages. The average scores for Reading (19.9 to 19.8) and Science Reasoning (20.2 to 20.1) decreased slightly in 2012 from the 2011 averages.

Consistent with previous years, the 2012 average English, reading and composite scores were slightly higher for females than for males. Results according to race and ethnicity of students taking the ACT were not available this year, as data collection changed. State officials intend to include such details in ACT reports in upcoming years.

The number of students in Colorado taking the ACT exam increased slightly in 2012, but the state average composite score barely changed.

The scores of test-takers in the Pikes Peak region were around the state average, mostly steady or a bit improved over the results from last year. Most gains or losses in the average composite score were less than a point.

Students at The Vanguard School were among the highest performing in the state, ranking third with an average composite score of 26.8 — a one-point decrease from 2011. Vanguard students also earned the title of top-performing high school in the region. A handful of students achieved perfection in some or all of the subject areas.

The Colorado Department of Education released school and district ACT results Friday. ACT stands for American College Testing, and is a standardized test used evaluate high school achievement and by some colleges for admissions. A perfect composite score is 36, which includes scores from sections on English, math, reading and science reasoning.
Statewide, the number of students taking the ACT increased, as did the average composite score, from 19.9 to 20.0.
The trends were echoed for local schools and school districts. Almost every area school district saw an increase in test-takers, with the largest numerical increase in Academy School District 20. The district also had the largest number of students taking the test. The average composite score for D-20 dipped by a fraction, from 22.3 in 2011 to 22.1 in 2012.
The largest school district in the region, Colorado Springs School District 11 also saw a slight dip in the average composite score, falling below the state average with 18.9.

Smaller school districts in the Pikes Peak region saw improvement in average composite scores.

The average composite score for Edison School District 54-JT increased from 19.7 last year to 23.8. Ellicott School District 22 and Peyton School District 23-JT also saw gains. The larger Harrison School District 2 was another district with improvement.

More than 52,000 students took the ACT in Colorado. Statewide, the 2012 average scores increased in English (19.0 to 19.4) and Mathematics (20.0 to 20.1) from the 2011 averages. The average scores for Reading (19.9 to 19.8) and Science Reasoning (20.2 to 20.1) decreased slightly in 2012 from the 2011 averages.

Consistent with previous years, the 2012 average English, reading and composite scores were slightly higher for females than for males. Results according to race and ethnicity of students taking the ACT were not available this year, as data collection changed. State officials intend to include such details in ACT reports in upcoming years.


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