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Hart schools beat state ACT average

Students maintain lead in math, science, English and reading

Posted: August 21, 2009 9:01 p.m.
Updated: August 22, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Students in the William S. Hart Union High School District scored well above the state average in a standardized test that measures college readiness, according to a report released this week.

The American College Test measures students’ skills in the areas of English, reading, mathematics and science, according to a report released this week.

Hart district students maintained their lead above the statewide average in all subject areas – English, mathematics, reading and science. The district’s composite, an average of all test scores, grew slightly to 23.9, as opposed to a state composite score of 22.2.

The number of local students taking the ACT college readiness test has increased rapidly over the last five years, growing from 236 students across the district in 2005 to 592 for the 2009 graduation year, an increase of 250 percent over a five-year period.

The number of students taking the test in the state increased from 51,600 in 2005 to 81,494 last spring.

The ACT is a curriculum-based achievement exam designed to measure the academic skills that are taught in schools and deemed important for success in first-year college courses. ACT scores are accepted by all four-year colleges and universities across the country, according to the ACT Web site.



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