Superintendent: Oklahoma ACT Scores Show Need To Focus On Core Subjects

Tuesday, September 6th 2011, 2:19 pm
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma -- State Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi said this year's ACT scores show the continued need for all Oklahoma students to take four years of core subjects.

According to figures released Tuesday by the Oklahoma Department of Education, 76 percent of Oklahoma high school graduates took the ACT exam this year, up from 73 percent in 2010.

The average composite score for the state is 20.7, a number unchanged since 2007 and below the national average of 21.1.

The scores showed improvement from last year, but Barresi said they still show educators need to continue to focus on having minority populations participate in Advanced Placement courses.

ACT scores determine whether students enrolling in post-secondary institutions are required to take remedial courses.

Oklahoma high schools posting the highest average ACT composite score for 2011:

  1. Oklahoma School For Science And Mathematics (Oklahoma City) 31.4.
  2. Classen School of Advanced Studies (Oklahoma City) 25; 111 tested
  3. Edmond Memorial High School 24; 393 tested/Edmond North High School 24; 428 tested
  4. Jenks High School 23.9; 529 tested
  5. Fairview High School 23.7; 30 tested
  6. Norman North High School 23.4; 346 tested/Plainview High Schools 23.4; 70 tested
  7. Bartlesville High School 23.3; 289 tested/Deer Creek High School 23.3; 199 tested
  8. Booker T. Washington High School (Tulsa) 23.1; 286 tested
  9. Edmond Santa Fe High School 23; 324 tested/Okarche High school 23; 25 tested
  10. Norman High School 22.9; 266 tested/Stillwater High School 22.9; 252 tested
  11. Duke High School 22.8; 6 tested

See the entire list of Oklahoma schools and their average ACT composite scores.