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Parkway ACT scores increase as students continue to score above state and national averages

Parkway students continue to exceed college readiness standards, as demonstrated with the release of 2012 ACT results. Testing data released August 22 showed an increase in test scores from the previous year. Parkway's 2012 ACT composite score is 23.3, which is up from 22.9 in 2011 and well above state and national averages which are 21.6 and 21.1, respectively.

Beginning in 2010, Parkway began offering the ACT exam to all juniors in an effort to assist high school students as they prepare for graduation and beyond. This caused the overall composite score to decline the following year. "The 2012 scores are very encouraging because they increased substantially despite the fact that more students took the exam," said Superintendent Keith Marty. "Today almost 100 percent of our graduates have taken the ACT and we are pleased that the scores continue to rise."

The ACT consists of tests in English composition, mathematics, reading and science. Each test is scored on a scale of 1-36, and a student’s composite score is the average of four test scores. The ACT test assesses high school students' general educational development and their ability to complete college-level work. According to the 2012 results, the percentage of Parkway students who are prepared for college-level coursework in all four subject areas rose to 41 percent which is well above the state and national averages of 27 percent and 25 percent respectively. Parkway students scored the highest in English composition, with four out of five students scoring high enough for college-level coursework.