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Webster Parish ACT scores steady

ACT scores are remaining steady for Webster Parish, according to results released by the Louisiana Department of Education Thursday.

Districtwide, the composite score was 18.1, with 194 students scoring 18 and above on the test and 106 students scored 21 and above.

Superintendent of Schools Johnny Rowland Jr. said the scores have remained consistent since 2012, with the composite score at 18.8 in 2015-16, 18.1 in 2014-15 and 18 in 2013-14.

“Our goal districtwide is to see continued steady progress in our average composite scores,” he said. “The first year all students were required to take the ACT in 2012-13. In 2011-12, the average composite score was 20.”

He said the only students then taking the ACT were those going to college or had an idea of furthering their education. And even though the scores dropped two points, since then, they have remained stable.

The scores, broken down by school, are:

Doyline High School: 18.7 composite score, with 14 students scoring 18 and above, and 10 students scoring 21 and above

Minden High School: 17.6 composite score, with 78 students scoring 18 and above, and 40 students scoring 21 and above

Lakeside Jr./Sr. High School: 18.6 composite score, with 38 students scoring 18 and above and 20 scoring 21 and above

North Webster High School: 18.4 composite score, with 64 students scoring 18 and above, and 36 scoring 21 and above.

Statewide, the composite score was 19.6.

State Superintendent of Schools John White said a record number of public high school graduates earned college-going scores on the ACT this year, adding it’s the fourth consecutive year scores have increased.

“Four straight years of gains on the ACT proves, beyond a doubt, that when you raise expectations for students, they can achieve great things,” he said. “It also proves we can go further…Our students have accomplished a lot. When we raise the bar, they will accomplish more.”