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Graves High juniors outscore state ACT average by far; seniors improve, too

             Graves County High School juniors scored well within the top quarter of all Kentucky students measured on the latest round of the American College Test, the college entrance exam that measures students’ readiness for higher education. In fact, Graves juniors scored more than a half-point above the state average in all four areas measured.

            “A half point is a very significant difference in terms of the ACT,” said Assistant Superintendent Carla Whitis, “and, it’s especially significant when you consider that Graves County is a relatively large district in western Kentucky. It means a large number of these students scored well, not just a few.” 

Graves Junior ACT scores

               English                Math                Reading                Science                Composite

2011          18.9                    19.3                  19.7                     19.7                     19.5

2012          19.2                    19.7                  19.6                     19.8                     19.7 

Graves County juniors scored higher than the state average by six-tenths of a point in reading, by seven-tenths of a point in science and the overall composite score, by eight-tenths of a point in English, and by nine-tenths of a point in math. All scores except reading were higher than last year.

Whitis, whose duties include secondary instructional supervisor and district assessment coordinator, said Graves County seniors’ scores improved over last year in all areas except reading. The English score was above the state average and the math score tied the state average. 

Senior Act Scores 

                English                Math                Reading                Science                Composite

2011          19.4                    19.2                20.0                      19.3                    19.6

2012          19.6                    19.4                19.8                      19.5                   19.7 

            “The ACT scores for this junior class are very encouraging and the senior class recorded an upward trend, too,” said Graves High interim principal Matthew Madding. “Higher test scores provide a great reason to celebrate. They verify that the hard work of teachers, parents, and especially students is paying off. We congratulate everyone who contributed to this achievement. It shows that significant learning is taking place and that’s why we’re here!”


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