Columbia Public Schools ACT scores up slightly for class of 2017

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Members of the Columbia Public Schools’ high school class of 2017 did slightly better on the ACT than the class of 2016, and they scored higher than the state average.

Data released from the district’s ACT summary report states that the 1,106 students tested in 2016 scored an average composite score of 21.5, higher than the state average of 20.4.

The district’s class of 2017 performed slightly better than the national average composite score of 21.

Composite scores include four categories of the exam: English, mathematics, reading and science.

The highest ACT composite score a student can achieve is 36.

The district’s class of 2017’s average scores increased and decreased in the four subject areas:

English: 20.7, down from 20.8 the previous year

Math: 21.1, up from 20.8

Reading: 21.9, down from 22

Science: 21.6, the same as the previous year

More than 68,000 students from the Missouri graduating class of 2017 took the ACT and scored an average composite score of 20.4, according to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

That’s slightly higher than Missouri 11th-graders did in 2015, when the average composite score was 20.2. The Columbia district scored higher than the average that year.

Recently, the district said it would pay for all high school juniors to take the ACT starting next spring. The state had funded the test for juniors since 2015, but that changed earlier this year after $4 million was cut from the state assessment budget.

Supervising editor is Sky Chadde: news@columbiamissourian.com, 882-7884.

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