Redmond, Wash. – Lake Washington students who take the ACT, a standardized test widely used in college admissions, continue to be more likely to meet college readiness standards than other students in Washington state or in the U.S. Far more district students score high enough on each of the four ACT tests to meet the college readiness benchmark that ACT has set for all four subjects – English, math, reading and science. While nationally only 26 percent of students met this standard for all four subjects and 39 percent met it statewide, 57 percent of the students in LWSD who took the ACT qualified. That maintains last year’s gains.
Ninety-two percent of LWSD students taking the ACT met the college readiness benchmark score in English, compared to 75 percent statewide and 64 percent nationwide. In math, 78 percent of district students met the readiness benchmark, while at the state level it was 60 percent and 44 percent nationally. For reading, 75 percent of district students met the benchmark compared to 58 percent statewide and 44 percent nationally. In science, 68 percent of LWSD students met the readiness benchmark while 49 percent statewide and 36 percent nationally met that standard. Read More >>
The number of students in LWSD who took the ACT test fell from 485 in 2011 to 450 in 2012. That is still higher than the 403 students who took the test in 2009.
Five-year trend - Average LWSD composite ACT score is higher
The district’s average composite score remained steady from 2012 to 2013 at 25.5, a number exceeded only by the 2011 average score of 25.6. Both state and national composite scores fell in 2013. State composite scores dropped from 22.9 in 2012 to 22.8 in 2013. The national average fell from 21.1 to 20.9.
Average LWSD ACT Science scores rise over last five years
Average scores for Lake Washington students rose in science, from 24.8 in 2012 to 25.0 in 2013. LWSD scores have risen every year for the last five years. Washington state scores also rose, from 22.4 to 22.5 while national score averages fell from 20.9 to 20.7.
Average LWSD, state and national ACT Math scores lower in 2013
LWSD average scores fell slightly in math in 2013, from 25.5 to 25.4. The state and national scores dropped even more. The state score fell from 23.1 in 2012 to 22.8 in 2013 and the national average in math was 20.9, down from 21.1.
Five-year trend – Average LWSD ACT Reading scores rise
LWSD reading scores averaged 25.7, slightly down from 25.9 in 2012. Reading scores in the state in 2013 averaged 23.3, exactly the same as the year before, while national scores fell to 21.1, down from 21.3.
LWSD ACT English scores rise
LWSD English scores rose to 25.5 in 2013 from 25.3 in 2012, bucking the state and national trend toward lower scores on this subject. State level English scores fell from 22.3 in 2012 to 22.1 in 2013 while national English scores fell from 20.5 to 20.2.
For more information on the ACT test itself and on national results, go to the ACT website.