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St. Joseph School District Sees Increase in ACT Scores

The average scores for the St. Joseph School District showed improvement in all subjects for 2017.

Posted: Nov 16, 2017 1:51 PM
Updated: Nov 16, 2017 1:56 PM

ACT scores showed improvement in 2017 across the St. Joseph School District.

In a statement released by the school district, more than 729 students took the ACT and earned an average composite score of 19.6, almost a full point increase from last year of 18.8. The district has closed the gap to the state average composite score which currently sits at 20.4.

Scores in St. Joseph this year increased in all subjects including English, Math, Reading and Science.

“The data are encouraging," said Dr. Marlie Williams, Assistant Superintendent. "The gap between the state and the SJSD composite scores was cut nearly in half as compared to last year. Additionally, all three high schools saw an improvement in composite scores in 2017 as compared to 2016."

According to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), more than 68,000 students took the college-readiness exam across Missouri. The DESE also reports that nationally, 60 percent of the class of 2017 took the ACT with a composite score of 21.

Approximately 95 percent of the class of 2017 took the ACT here in St. Joseph.

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