The results of the 2011/12 American College Test, or ACT, have been released showing increases for all subject areas for Lee County students.
Approximately half of the senior class has taken the ACT test during their high school years. The local composite, or average, score increased from 18.9 to 19.2.
Increases were also evident in the four subject area tests - English, math, reading, and science - that make up the ACT testing program. Reading scores jumped the most from an average of 19.7 to 20.1 for this past school year.
In each subject area, as well as the composite score, Lee County increases exceeded State increases.
"This is definitely positive news for our district and, more importantly, our students," said Dr. Joseph Burke, superintendent. "We want our students to strive for more rigorous studies, and the ACT results are trending in that direction."
The ACT is a voluntary assessment that measures student abilities in the academic areas traditionally identified with college preparatory high school programs: English, mathematics, reading and science reasoning. ACT scores are reported on a scale ranging from 1 to 36.
Students planning on attending college must take either the Scholastic Assessment Test, or SAT, or the American College Test, or ACT, for entrance into most state and national colleges.
It should be noted that state graduation requirements allow students to use passing ACT scores to graduate in place of FCAT scores.
Three years ago the district implemented a plan to register all seniors for ACT testing who had not successfully completed the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test.