July 24, 2013

The average composite ACT scores of seniors in the Carroll High School Class of 2012 stood higher than both the state and national averages, according to the Carroll Community School District's 2012-2013 annual progress report.

The CHS average on the college entrance exam (on a range of 1 to 36, with the latter as the highest) was 22.8. In Iowa, in 2012, the average ACT score was 22.1, and the national 21.1.

"That proves our kids are ready for college," said CCSB board president Kim Tiefenthaler.

Sixty-one percent - or 86 of 142 students seniors - took the ACT in 2012. Sixty-three percent of Iowa seniors took the ACT that year.

State education officials say a composite score of at least 20 is the threshold for predictable success in college.

Since 1995, CHS students have scored at or higher than the state average nine of 18 times, and bettered the national composite score average 17 of the 18 years with the lone exception in 1999 when CHS students posted an average of 20.8 to the national average of 21. CHS seniors have scored at or better than the state average the last eight years.

In 2012, CHS's ACT reading composite score of 23.7 was higher than the state average of 22.5 and the national of 21.3. Both CHS and Iowa English scores were 21.6 with the national average at 20.5.

The school showed positive separation from its state and national peers in math with a composite score of 22.7, a full point higher than the state average of 21.7. The national average was 21.1 for 2012.

In 2012, the ACT average in science for CHS was 22.6, compared with the state average of 22.2 and the national average of 20.9.