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Aiken County test scores at state average

Posted: September 12, 2017 - 11:33pm

After the second year of statewide ACT testing to all junior students, Aiken County Public Schools remain at or above average compared to the rest of South Carolina.

"By testing all high school students' aptitude for both college and career-readiness, we're systemically increasing opportunities for students to explore their post-secondary potential," Gina Bassford, Aiken County Coordinator of Counseling and Career Services, said in a news release.

Aiken County's class of 2017's overall composite score for the aptitude test was 18.4, the same as the state average. It was a one-tenth increase from 2016.

Wagener-Salley High School showed the biggest increase among schools. In 2016, students scored 15.6 and improved to 18.5 in 2017. South Aiken High School scored the highest score at 19.6. South Aiken was one of three schools to score above the state average. North Augusta High scored 18.8 and Aiken High 18.5.

The ACT also reports College Readiness Benchmark scores. Thirteen percent of Aiken students tested met all four benchmarks in English, Math, Reading and Science.

Just over 90 percent of the class of 2017 graduates were accepted to a two or four-year college or university. In 2016, 79.6 percent of students were accepted
"South Carolina is committed to ensuring that each graduate leaves us with a diploma and documented plan for their future sucess through college admittance, the workforce or military service," Aiken County superintendent Dr. Sean Alford said.

 

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