2016 ACT Scores

SDPC's ACT Scores Remain Above State Average
Posted on 08/24/2016
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Students in the School District of Pickens County remain ahead of their counterparts across the state in college-readiness according ACT scores for the class of 2016.

The average composite score for SDPC students was 19.2, higher than the state-wide average composite score of 18.5. The class of 2016’s scores are the first to reflect the requirement for every South Carolina high school student to take the ACT in 11th grade.

 “This year’s scores represent a brand new baseline for how we evaluate ACT results going forward,” said Dr. Danny Merck, SDPC superintendent. “Until this year, ACT scores reflected the knowledge of generally high-achieving students who took the ACT as they were making plans to enroll in college. The new scores reflect the college-readiness of all students, whether they had any intention of going to college or not.”

The change in the way the test was administered is demonstrated by the increase in the number of test –takers: the SDPC class of 2015 had 360 students to take the test, while the class of 2016 had 1,143. The increase in the number of test takers led to a predicted drop from the 2015 average composite score of 22.4. The statewide score experienced a similar decrease from 20.4 to 18.5.

 “We didn’t know what these scores would show when all students had a chance to take to test, but it’s giving us great feedback on where we are strong and where we can work on doing better,” said Sharon Huff, SDPC’s Assistant Superintendent of Instruction. “Knowing that our scores may never be the same as they were before the administration of the test was changed is difficult, but this change is in the best interest of students. Some young people who never envisioned themselves as college-ready are going to do better than expected and realize that they have a chance.”

SDPC remained above the state average on each of the four sections of the test with a score of 18 in English, 19.1 in Mathematics, 19.7 in Reading, and 19.4 in Science. State averages were 17.3 in English, 18.5 in Mathematics, 19 in Reading, and 18.6 in Science.

According to the ACT, the benchmark scores for college-readiness are 18 in English, 22 in Mathematics, 22 in Reading, and 23 in Biology. ACT says that a benchmark score is the minimum score needed on an ACT subject-area test to indicate a 50 percent chance of making a B or higher or a 75 percent chance of making a C or higher in a corresponding college course. SDPC was above state averages in the percentage of students meeting these benchmarks. 16 percent of students met the benchmark scores in all four areas in SDPC, compared to 14 percent statewide.

“It’s encouraging to see that already our students are averaging a college-ready composite score in English, but we still have work to do to make sure that all of the students who aspire to college are academically ready.” Currently, approximately 35 percent of SDPC graduates go on to pursue a four-year college degree, while another 35 percent pursue a two-year degree or other post-secondary certification.

“College isn’t the only—or the best—option for many of our graduates, but we will continue to make sure that door is open for as many students as possible. These scores will help us develop a strategy for doing that,” Huff said.”


English

Math

Science

Reading

Composite

Daniel

20.3

21.1

21.7

21.3

21.3

Easley

18.2

18.6

19.5

19.1

19

Liberty

16.4

17.6

18.4

18.6

17.9

Pickens

16.7

18.5

19.0

18.4

18.3

SDPC

18.0

19.1

19.7

19.4

19.2

State

17.3

18.5

19.0

18.6

18.5