York and Clover high school 2014 graduates who took the ACT test performed better on average than those from the 2013 class.
The mean composite score for students who took the college entrance exam rose from 19.5 in 2013 to 20.7 this year at York Comprehensive High School, an increase of 1.2 points, according to data released by the S.C. Department of Education.
The ACT scores also were up at Clover High School, to 22.7 this year from 22.1 in 2013, an increase of .6 points, the department said.
Schools and school districts that show an increase of .3 points or greater on the ACT test data show statistically significant improvement, according to testing officials.
In South Carolina, the York and Clover districts were among 32 school districts and 94 high schools that saw ACT increases of .3 or greater over the 2013 scores.
The ACT tests students in four subject areas: English, math, reading and science.
The national average ACT composite score was 21 on a 36-point scale, up .1 points compared to last year. South Carolina’s average ACT composite score of 20.4 was slightly under the national average.
“While South Carolina’s average ACT composite score was slightly under the national average, its proximity proves that we are making progress. These are positive results that we can build on for the future,” State Superintendent of Education Mick Zais said in a statement.
The ACT is supposed to measure how well students understand academic material they must have to succeed in college, while the SAT is considered more of a test of reasoning abilities.
Both the ACT and the SAT are accepted by most colleges.