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Aug 28

Virginia Students Outperform National Peers on ACT

In a recent announcement from the Virginia Department of Education, ACT scores for Virginia high school students continue to exceed their peers nationwide. In addition, while the SAT is still the predominant college admissions assessment taken by Virginia students, the number of seniors taking the ACT continues to grow.  This year, the number of seniors taking the assessment increased by more than five percent. This year also, the public school students in Virginia showed a slight increase in mathematics scores.

Virginia Public School Average ACT Scores

Year English Mathematics Reading Science Composite
VA US VA US VA US VA US VA US
2008 21.3 20.6 21.7 21.0 22.0 21.4 21.3 20.8 21.7 21.1
2009 21.4 20.6 21.7 21.0 22.1 21.4 21.4 20.9 21.8 21.1
2010 21.7 20.5 22.0 21.0 22.3 21.3 21.9 20.9 22.1 21.0
2011 21.8 20.6 22.1 21.1 22.5 21.3 21.8 20.9 22.2 21.1
2012 21.8 20.5 21.1 22.5 21.3 21.8 20.9 22.2 21

The ACT also identifies college-readiness through benchmarking in first-year college English composition, reading, algebra and biology. This year the percentage of Virginia public school students meeting the ACT college-readiness benchmarks was six or more points higher than the percentage nationwide.

Percentage of Public School Students Meeting ACT College-Readiness Benchmarks

Year English Mathematics Reading Science Meeting all 4
VA US VA US VA US VA US VA US
2008 73 68 49 43 57 53 32 28 26 22
2009 73 67 48 42 58 53 33 28 27 23
2010 74 66 52 43 59 52 37 29 31 24
2011 74 66 54 45 60 52 36 30 31 25
2012 74 67 55 46 61 52 37 31 32 25

“As Virginia continues to implement new and more rigorous Standards of Learning in mathematics, English and science, I expect to see our students demonstrate additional progress in meeting ACT’s college readiness benchmarks,” noted Dr. Patricia Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction.

You may review the entire announcement at:

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/news/news_releases/2012/aug22.shtml