Sycamore Community Schools is proud to announce Sycamore High School’s most recent class earned the highest average score on the ACT college entrance exam in the school’s history. The Class of 2016 achieved an average composite score of 26.0, four points higher than the state average for Ohio. The national average was 20.8, according to ACT data released Wednesday.
“These recent results show yet again that our students are not only performing but excelling,” said Superintendent Frank Forsthoefel. “The ACT is one of the most respected and recognized indicators for college admissions. Our professional staff is doing fantastic work preparing them to be college or career ready.”
Sycamore’s average score of 26.0 was a bump up from 25.6 the year before as students made gains in English, mathematics, reading, and science. ACT recently released a statement of the large increase in the number of students taking the exam, while also reporting the steady student performance at an average of approximately 21.0.
“The perspective of our composite ACT score growing, while the national average plateaus is a tremendous accomplishment,” said Doug Mader, Sycamore High School principal.
Students averaged a 25.6 in English, up 4.4 points from 2015. Graduates earned an average 26.7 in reading, up one point from the previous year. In addition, they scored 25.5 in science, a 0.4 increase. The average math score of 25.7 remained the same from 2015 but was more than four points higher than the state average for this year.
ACT scores for Sycamore High School have been on an upward trend for the past five years in all subject matters. 2012 graduates averaged a 24.7 composite score.
The percentage of 2016 graduates deemed college-ready was 88%, up from 69% for the Class of 2015. Nationally, the percentage was 26%. To be considered college-ready, a student would have to hit these scores on the individual subject exams: 18 in English, 22 in math, 22 in reading and 23 in science. ACT says these are the scores a student needs to have a 50% chance of earning a B or higher or a 75% chance of earning a C or higher in a corresponding course in college.
The ACT is the leading US college admissions test, measuring what you learn in high school to determine your academic readiness for college. Overall, about 2.1 million graduates in 2016 took the ACT. The highest score possible on the test is a 36.
In addition, Newsweek magazine has released its annual list of the 500 best high schools in America. Sycamore High School made the list and is ranked 146th in the country and 8th in the state of Ohio. This is a remarkable improvement from last year’s rankings, in which Sycamore was 405th in the nation and 25th in the State of Ohio.