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(West Plains) – The West Plains School District has announced that students outperformed the national and state averages for the 2012-2013 ACT tests.

The high school received a composite score of 22.4, making it nearly a full point higher than the state average of 21.6 and 1.5 points higher than the national average of 20.9.

West Plains High School students scored well above state averages in each category of the ACT. In English, the state average was 21.4, while WPHS students scored 22.2. In Math, WPHS students were at 21.9 with the state average at 21.0. Reading scores were 22.4 for WPHS and 21.9 for the state. Finally, in science, WPHS students scored 22.6 while the state average was 21.6. The state composite score for the year was 21.6 and the national composite was 20.9.

Additionally, ACT calculates the “Percent of ACT-Tested Students Ready for College Level Coursework” and West Plains High School students were at or above state average in all four areas analyzed, English Composition, College Algebra, College Social Science, and College Biology.

The ACT reflects the achievement of students over time and also is an indication of the extent to which they are prepared for college-level work. The ACT consists of curriculum based tests of educational development in English, mathematics, reading and science designed to measure the skills needed for success in first year college coursework.

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