Loudoun County, Va. (August 27, 2014) – More Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) students are taking the ACT.
And they continue to score above the state and national average in four subject areas and the composite score, according to recently released data from ACT. In addition, the 2014 ACT showed more LCPS students were college-ready when compared to students statewide and across the nation.
“We are very pleased that, as the number of students taking the ACT has increased, scores also are increasing,” said LCPS Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Terri L. Breeden. “While LCPS exceeded the United States and Virginia in the ability to prepare students for college, we want to build on that success to ensure all graduates are prepared to follow their post-secondary dreams.”
The following chart shows how LCPS students fared on different segments of the ACT when compared to students in Virginia and throughout the nation during the past five years:
|Average ACT Scores|
The ACT also measures college-readiness benchmarks. These benchmarks identify students whose scores indicate that they are prepared for first-year college English composition, reading, algebra and biology. Attaining this level of achievement means a student has a 50 percent chance of obtaining a “B” or higher and a 75 percent of attaining a “C” or higher in the corresponding credit-bearing college courses.
Here is how LCPS compared to Virginia and the nation on these benchmarks:
|Percentage of Public School Students Meeting ACT College-Readiness Benchmarks|
|English Composition||College Algebra||College Social Science||College Biology||Meeting all 4|
Other notable statistics concerning Loudoun students and the ACT:
- The number of LCPS students who completed the ACT increased from 902 in 2010 to 1,407 in 2014, a 56 percent difference.
- Across all of the racial/ethnic groups, LCPS met or exceeded the averages for the same groups at the statewide level.
- The most common college choices of LCPS students who completed the ACT were James Madison, Virginia Tech, George Mason, the University of Virginia and Christopher Newport University.