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S.C. high school seniors make ACT gains

Aug 17, 2011 8:26:00 AM - thestate.com
ACT scores of South Carolina’s 2011 high school graduates improved slightly, according to results released Wednesday.

It marked the third consecutive year of improved scores on the college entrance exam, which tests high school students in math, English, reading and science.

The 2011 average composite score for South Carolina’s public, private and home-schooled seniors was 20.1 on the ACT ’s 36-point scale, up one-tenth of a point. Public school students alone earned an average composite score of 19.9, a gain of two-tenths of a point over last year.

Still, South Carolina scored below the U.S. average of 21.1.

While praising the gains, State Superintendent of Education Mick Zais expressed concern about the state’s lagging scores in reading and English. S.C. students posted a composite score of 19.4 in English, compared with the U.S. average of 20.6, while S.C. reading scores were 20.3, compared with 21.3 nationally.

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