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LPS ACT average score takes a dip, expected with launch of pilot program

LPS ACT average score takes a dip, expected with launch of pilot program

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By: Jenn Hatcher

Nebraska's 2014 high school graduates scored higher than their peers nationally and also outscored other graduates across the country in English, reading, mathematics and science scores that measure college readiness.

Nebraska's average ACT composite score of 21.7 is higher than the national average of 21.0. The highest possible ACT score is 36.

Lincoln Public Schools average score came in just under the state average at 20.7.

More than two point below their average score two years ago.

LPS expected the drop.

They're the largest of eight districts statewide under a pilot program that pays for all their juniors to take the test during school hours.

"We have kids that historically might not have taken the ACT, many of those students have performed better than they thought they would," says Leslie Lukin with Lincoln Public Schools.

It's to early to known if more LPS seniors are college bound.

Of the 17 states with 80 percent or more graduates taking the ACT, Nebraska scored at the top with an average 21.7 score. Nationally, 57 percent of the high school graduates were tested with an average score of 21.0.

In Nebraska, 17,768 or 86 percent of the state's high school graduates took the ACT exam, compared to 84 percent in 2013 and 78 percent in 2012. From 2010-14, the number of ACT test-takers in Nebraska has increased by 10 percent.

Nebraska educators are pleased that more of our high school graduates aspire to continue their education after high school,” Nebraska Education Commissioner Matt Blomstedt said. And the state's long history of scoring at the top of the nation when comparing states with a high percentage of graduates taking the ACT is commendable, he said.

Because of recent changes that ACT made in the college entrance exam, the 2013 results created a new baseline on which comparisons may be made only in future years.

ACT's report this year is called “The Condition of College & Career Readiness 2014.” In the report, Nebraska high school graduates scored higher than graduates in other states in each subject used to determine college and career readiness:

72 percent of Nebraska graduates met the English goal, compared to 64 percent nationally.

48 percent of Nebraska test takers met the reading goal, compared to 44 percent nationally.

45 percent of Nebraska graduates met the mathematics benchmark, compared to 43 percent nationally.

42 percent of Nebraska graduates tested ready in science, compared to 37 percent nationally.

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