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ACT scores mostly up for 2013 over last year

Graduating seniors from five area schools who took the ACT college admissions test this year mostly scored higher than their counterparts from a year ago, according to information from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI).

In one of the five districts (Elmwood), the scores in the two-year comparison were higher across-the-board. In three of the other districts, there was only one subject in which students’ scores were lower this year than last.

Only one district (Prescott) had lower scores in three of the five categories this time around than last year.

Many of the differences either way were within one point and some were within tenths of a point.

The ACT exam measures skills in four core subjects: reading, English, math and science. A composite score is also included with the results.

Statewide, the overall composite for public school students taking the ACT this year was the same as last year at 22.1. Three of the five area school districts bested that, including Spring Valley with 23.2, Prescott with 22.5 and Ellsworth with 22.3. Elmwood tied it and Plum City was below at 21.6.

Among those students taking the ACT, Spring Valley had the highest participation rate in the area at 83.3 percent. The state average was 71 percent.

For more please read the Sept. 4 print version of the Herald. 

Bill Kirk

Bill Kirk was editor of the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth, from 1988 to February, 2015 and is now on staff as a reporter. He holds a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He previously worked in the media distribution department at the University of Minnesota's Minneapolis campus and is past editor of The Tri-County News in Osseo, Wisconsin.

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