Mesa D51 students beat state average in ACT exam

Mesa D51 students beat state average in ACT exam
Posted on 10/17/2018
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Grand Junction, CO – Students from Mesa County Valley School District 51’s Class of 2018 who took the ACT exam in high school outperformed the state average in reading, science, and overall ACT scores, according to a new report released today by ACT.

Local students who took the ACT exam before graduating with the Class of 2018 had an average composite ACT score of 24.2, ahead of the state average of 23.9.


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Comparing the Class of 2018 to past cohorts of students is complicated because the number of students in Colorado taking the ACT fell 71 percent from the Class of 2017 to the Class of 2018. The significant drop in the number of students taking the ACT in Colorado correlates with a change in state practice.

All Colorado students were required to take the ACT exam during April of their junior year in high school up through the Class of 2017, which took the ACT when they were juniors in April 2016. Juniors are now required to take the SAT, starting with the Class of 2018, who took the SAT statewide in April 2017.

While there are fewer students taking the ACT, Mesa D51 is encouraged by these results, as they show numerous college- or university-bound students in our district graduated prepared for postsecondary education and their future careers. These intrepid students went above and beyond to take both the ACT and SAT to prove their readiness to prospective colleges and universities.

The ACT report released today includes a measure of college readiness called a benchmark ACT score. Student who meet the benchmark have a 50 percent chance of getting a B or higher in a corresponding college course, and a 75 percent chance of getting a C or higher. Among the D51 Class of 2018:

  • 86 percent met a benchmark score for achievement in a college English composition class
  • 71 percent hit a benchmark score of success in college social science
  • 61 percent met the benchmark for college algebra
  • 61 percent met the benchmark for college biology
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