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Area ACT Results

According to a press release from the Virginia Department of Education, Virginia high school graduates outperformed nationwide peers on the ACT in 2012.

The state’s public school students achieved a composite score of 22.2, compared with 21.1 for public school graduates nationwide.

The number of students taking the college preparedness exam is also grew.

During 2012, participation in ACT testing among Virginia public school graduates increased more than 5 percent, said the release.  18,298 of Virginia’s graduating public school seniors took the ACT, compared with 17,351 in 2011. The predominant test taken to gauge readiness for higher education in Virginia is the SAT.

Public school students in Virginia showed a one-point increase in college-ready benchmarks in mathematics, reading and science, and remained the same as 2011 in English, said the release.

ACT results are reported on a scale of 1 to 36, with 36 being the highest possible score.

Stafford County public school students outscored the state with a 22.7 average composite score as compared to the state average of 22.4. The only area Stafford County did not score higher than the state average was in math.

In contrast, Spotsylvania Schools underscored the state average with a composite score of 22.1.

King George also underscored the state with a composite score of 22.2. However, they over scored the state average on the reading section of the ACT.

We are still awaiting results for other localities.