2001 West Virginia High School Graduates Maintain Record High Score on ACT

August 15, 2001

West Virginia’s 2001 high school graduates registered a 20.2 composite score on the ACT college entrance exam, tying the state’s all-time record high set in 1999. Nationally, the ACT composite score remained constant at 21.0.  

In addition to composite scores, students receive separate scores in each subject area. In English, scores were up from last year with 2001 graduates registering a 20.2. Scores dipped slightly in math, reading and science reasoning.  

Despite declining enrollment, the percentage of graduating students taking the ACT rose one percent this year to reach a five-year record high of 61%.  

West Virginia students who took core courses scored 21.4 while their counterparts who took academic coursework with less than core courses scored 19.4. Core courses are defined as at least four years of English and three years each of math (algebra and above), social sciences and natural sciences (with lab experience).  

State Superintendent of Schools Dr. David Stewart said he was “encouraged by the strong showing of students who take core courses,” because the rigorous coursework “better prepares them for college success.”  

According to ACT, Inc., research consistently shows that participation in core curriculum, college-preparatory courses is the factor most strongly associated with significantly higher ACT scores.  

The ACT is scored on a scale of 1 to 36, with 36 being the highest possible score. The ACT is a curriculum-based achievement exam that measures students on what they have learned in school.  

For more information, contact Dr. Karen Huffman, Office of Student Services and Assessment, West Virginia Department of Education, (304) 558-2546.

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