' (MCS) composite score (21.0) on the 2012 ACT outperformed the state (20.7) and was under the national average (21.1) by 0.1 percentage point.
Marietta High School (MHS) students outpaced the state in three of four areas tested with higher average scores in English (20.5), Mathematics (20.9) and Science (21.0). The 2012 ACT results reflect the performance of 181 MHS seniors, up from 173 last year.
“Overall, 24 percent of MHS seniors demonstrated college-readiness in all four ACT benchmarks, up from 23 percent last year. When compared to the state percentages, Marietta’s ACT college readiness benchmark scores were higher in all areas, and more students also elected to take the ACT in addition to or instead of the SAT,” said Dr. Emily Lembeck, MCS Superintendent.
The ACT is a curriculum-based achievement test designed to measure college readiness and preparation. The ACT includes four separate exams in English, Reading, Mathematics and Science. There is also an optional writing portion.
Scoring on the exam is based on a scale of zero to 36. The ACT college readiness benchmark scores help determine whether students are likely to be successful in core college courses such as English Composition, Algebra, Social Science and Biology.
Students scoring 18+ on the English test, 22+ on the Algebra test, 21+ on the Social Science test and 24+ on the Biology test have a 50 percent chance of obtaining a B or higher in the corresponding credit-bearing college courses.
Approximately 67 percent of MHS seniors scored 18+ on the English test, 41 percent scored 22+ on the Algebra test, 51 percent scored 21+ on the Social Science test, and 28 percent scored 24+ on the Biology test. Overall, 24 percent of MHS seniors demonstrated college-readiness in all four ACT benchmark scores.