Results from the ACT college readiness exam, released nationally on Wednesday, August 21, show that Wake County Public School System students scored above the state average in all subject areas. The district’s composite score was only four-tenths of a point behind the national average, which is heavily weighted with college-bound students who have opted to take the ACT. In North Carolina, all school systems including WCPSS require high school juniors to take the ACT, regardless of college intentions.
The ACT is a college admissions exam similar to the SAT that measures what students have learned in their high school courses, and helps educators identify the information that students still need to learn to succeed in college or a career. The multiple-choice test measures a student’s understanding of English, math, reading, and science. WCPSS students exceeded the national average in math, and they were within percentages of a point on most other measures.
“This is evidence of quality teaching and learning in our high school classrooms,” said Superintendent Jim Merrill. “We are off to a good start in our first year of testing all juniors.” Continue Reading . . .