Friday, August 22, 2014

Lake Washington students above state average on ACT scores

Redmond, Wash. – Lake Washington students who take the ACT, a standardized test used in college admissions, continue to show they are more likely to meet college readiness standards than other students in Washington state or in the U.S.  Compared nationally and statewide, 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 41 percent met it statewide, 59 percent of the students in LWSD who took the ACT qualified, two percent more than in 2013. Read More >>
Ninety-two percent of LWSD students taking the ACT met the college readiness benchmark score in English, compared to 74 percent statewide and 64 percent nationwide. In math, 80 percent of district students met the readiness benchmark, while at the state level it was 62 percent and 43 percent nationally. For reading, 72 percent of district students met the benchmark compared to 58 percent statewide and 44 percent nationally. In science, 70 percent of LWSD students met the readiness benchmark while 52 percent statewide and 37 percent nationally met that standard.

“I’m pleased to see that more district students are ready for college level work, and I am proud of the work our teachers are doing to improve math and science results,” noted Dr. Traci Pierce, superintendent.

The number of students in LWSD who took the ACT test rose from 450 in 2013 to 474 in 2014.


Five-year trend - Average LWSD composite ACT score is higher
The district’s average composite score rose from 25.5 to 25.7 from 2013 to 2014. Both state and national composite scores rose in 2014. State composite scores rose from 22.8 in 2013 to 23.0 in 2014. The national average rose from 20.9 to 21.0.

 
Average LWSD ACT Science scores rise over last five years
Average scores for Lake Washington students rose in science, from 25.0 in 2013 to 25.2 in 2014. LWSD scores have risen every year for the last five years, from 24.6 in 2010 to 25.2 in 2014. Washington state scores also rose last year, from 22.5 to 22.7 while national score averages rose from 20.7 to 20.8.
 
Average LWSD, state ACT Math scores higher in 2014
LWSD average scores rose in math in 2014, from 25.4 to 25.8.  State scores also rose while national scores stayed flat The state score rose from 22.8 in 2012 to 23.3 in 2013 and the national average in math remained 20.9.
 
Five-year trend – Average LWSD, state, national ACT Reading  scores are flat
LWSD reading scores averaged 25.7, the same as in 2013. Reading scores in the state in 2014 averaged 23.4, up from 23.3 the year before, while national scores rose from 21.1 to 21.3. Over five years, from 2010 to 2014, national scores remained exactly the same while state scores fell from 23.5 to 23.4 and district scores rose from 25.6 to 25.7.
 
LWSD ACT English scores rise
LWSD English scores remained at 25.5 for the second year in 2014. State level English scores rose from 22.1 in 2013 to 22.3 in 2014 while national English scores also rose from 20.2 to 20.3. On a five year basis (2010-2014), LWSD English scores rose from 25.2 to 25.5 while state scores fell from 22.6 to 22.3 and national scores fell from 20.5 to 20.3.
 
For more information on the ACT test itself and on national results, go to the ACT website.  

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