WV 8th Graders Register Highest Scores on 2001 ACT EXPLORE Test

Posted: February 21, 2002
West Virginia’s eighth grade students registered record-high scores on the 2001 ACT EXPLORE assessment and topped national averages in English, reading and science reasoning.  

The ACT EXPLORE, given annually to over 22,000 students, assesses academic progress and helps students understand and begin to explore career options. It is considered a precursor to the ACT.  

“Since the test was first administered in 1996, West Virginia students have continued to show improvement in all areas tested,” said State Superintendent Dr. David Stewart. “We are especially pleased that math scores have shown significant improvement because we have provided teachers with concentrated staff development through Project MERIT, a five-year grant aimed at improving math teaching in the middle grades.”  

West Virginia students scored 14.3 in both English and reading, compared to the national scores of 13.9; math scores were tied with the nation at 14.4; and students recorded their highest scores in science with a 16.1, compared to the national average of 15.9. Composite scores were 14.9 and 14.7 for West Virginia and the nation, respectively.  

In reading, West Virginia eighth graders were .1 higher than the 2000 scores. Math and English scores advanced by .2. According to ACT, an increase of .1 is considered statistically significant; and a .2 increase is considered academically significant.  

The ACT EXPLORE also assists students in developing a high school course work plan that prepares them to achieve post-high school goals.  

For more information about the ACT EXPLORE, contact Beth Cipoletti, West Virginia Department of Education, Office of Student Services and Assessment, 304-558-2546.

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