La. Department of Education releases 2016-17 ACT scores

La. Department of Education releases 2016-17 ACT scores
2013-2017 Louisiana and Calcasieu ACT Composite Scores. (Source: Calcasieu Parish School Board)
2013-2017 Louisiana and Calcasieu ACT Composite Scores. (Source: Calcasieu Parish School Board)

The Louisiana Department of Education has released ACT scores for the 2016-17 school year.

The ACT is a college readiness test for high school juniors and seniors.

Louisiana students had a composite score of 19.6 - the national ACT average is 20.8.

In Calcasieu Parish, the 2017 ACT composite score is 20, compared to last year's score of 19.7. Calcasieu had 1,274 students score 18 or higher and 768 students score 21 or higher.

Students in Allen Parish also improved, to 19.6 from 19.3.

SWLA ACT scores:

Data gathered from the Louisiana Department of Education website.

2016-17

2015-16

2014-15

Louisiana 19.6 19.5  19.4
Allen Parish 19.6 19.3 19.3
Beauregard Parish 19.5 19.8 20.3
Calcasieu Parish 20 19.7 19.7
Cameron Parish 19.2 19.4 20.5
Jeff Davis Parish 19.4 19.5 19.3
Vernon Parish 20.2 20.7 20.4

According to the Calcasieu Parish School Board, the following four schools in Southwest Louisiana exhibited average composite scores greater than 20, with 768 students across the district scoring 21 or greater:

School 2016 - 2017 ACT Composite
Barbe High School 21.5
Sam Houston High School 20.9
Sulphur High School 20.6
Westlake High School 20.2

"Continued growth in our ACT scores in Calcasieu is truly a product of concentrated effort by our school administrators, teachers, and students," said Superintendent Karl Bruchhaus. "When we analyze data across our state, where all 11th graders take the ACT each year, Calcasieu fares very well in the way our high school juniors perform."

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