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Burke ACT scores on the rise

posted Oct 1, 2015, 4:49 AM by Terri Willms   [ updated Oct 1, 2015, 4:49 AM ]

 ACT (American College Testing) Inc. has released test scores for the graduating class of 2015. Following state trends, Burke County Public Schools’ average ACT score rose slightly in 2015 to a countywide composite score of 18.8. The ACT tests English, reading, math and science, measures college readiness and is used for college admissions. The highest possible score is 36.

            Three years ago, North Carolina mandated that every high school junior in the state take the ACT. Before the mandate, less than 20 percent of Burke County high school students voluntarily took the test.

BCPS Superintendent Larry Putnam said, “With 2013 scores as our new benchmark, we have had higher expectations for improved ACT test scores. We realize there is more work to be done as we prepare our students not only for college but also the workforce. We also realize that not every student will go on to attend a college or four-year university and not all students are taking college-prep classes. Those who are on the college track tend to perform better on the test.”

BCPS offers an ACT Prep course to help prepare students for the test. The online course offers practice tests and strategies on taking the test and reviews content relevant to the test.

Putnam said, “I strongly suggest students take the online ACT Prep class. It is available for honors credit and includes practice tests.”



Cheryl M. Shuffler
Public Relations Officer
Burke County Public Schools
(w) 438-2989 | (c) 432-6212