ACT test scores are on the rise in Delta County, according to recently released data. The college admissions and placement test is taken by high school juniors across the state.
Students are tested in the areas of English, mathematics, reading and science. From the tests, students receive a composite score along with scores for each of the skill areas. Because the ACT is an actual college entrance exam, results from this assessment can be submitted for college entrance by the students to their college or university of choice.
For tests administered in April 2013, the state average improved from a composite score of 20 in 2012 to 20.1. While below the state average, Delta County scores improved to 19.2, compared to 18.6 in 2012 and 19.1 in 2011. English, math and science scores hit three-year highs, while reading dropped a bit below the 2011 high.
"Our data is headed back up," said assistant superintendent Kurt Clay.
Paonia (21.1), Hotchkiss (20.5) and Cedaredge (20.4) high schools all exceed the state average.
Composite scores at Delta High School (18.7), Delta Vision Home & Community Program (18.6) and Delta Opportunity School (15.1) show room for improvement. Student counts in the North Fork and Surface Creek Vision home and community programs are too small (under 15) for reporting purposes.
A three-year comparison of composite scores for Delta County schools is provided below:
2013 2012 2011
District 19.2 18.6 18.3
CHS 20.4 18.8 19.3
DHS 18.7 18.5 17.9
DOS 15.1 15.5 15.1
DVHCP 18.6 17.2 18.5
HHS 20.5 19.6 18.2
PHS 21.1 21.1 20.8
SCVHCP X 16.2 18.8
NFVHCP X X X