California ACT Scores 2011-2017

The ACT test is based on four distinct sections in science, math, reading and English. Each section is scored on a scale from 1 to 36. The results also include a composite score, or average, of the four sections, as defined by ACT Inc. — the company that administers the test and returns data to departments of education across the U.S.

The ACT benchmarks, as defined by ACT Inc. are as follows:

  • Science: 23
  • Math: 22
  • Reading : 22
  • English: 18

Scoring at or above the benchmark means a student has at least a 50 percent chance of getting a

B or higher or about a 75 percent chance of getting a C or higher in a first-year college class in a related subject.

Related data: Search the latest California SAT and AP scores.

Related story: Tracking student ACT scores in San Diego County

Data methodology: How we crunched the data.

Source: California Department of Education


Tracking student ACT scores in San Diego County

by Megan Wood | Aug. 15, 2018

A little more than 65 percent of San Diego County high school seniors who took the ACT exam last year scored at or above the national average of 21, based on a scale of 1 to 36. The county’s overall score was 7.5 percentage points higher than the state’s.

The latest test results for the county show high school seniors in the San Dieguito, Poway and Carlsbad school districts performed the highest on the ACT, an exam used by colleges and universities on admissions decisions.

Seniors in the Sweetwater, Ramona and Escondido school districts were the lowest performers in the county.

Read the full story here.

Data, teachers’ allegations undermine Gompers’ college-ready promise

by Brad Racino & Brandon Quester | May 15, 2017

When Vincent Riveroll swings an outsized bell to signal the start of the school day at Gompers Preparatory Academy, the director is sending a powerful message to the students and the community. Our kids are valued. Our kids can do it. Our kids are college bound.

It's taken 12 years to advance from a near state takeover of the underperforming, drug- and gang-ridden middle school in southeastern San Diego to a charter high school that promises "students can succeed at the university of their choice.”

Politicians, parents, philanthropists and news outlets in San Diego have praised the school’s cultural and academic transformation. The nonprofit has garnered nearly $75 million in government grants and private contributions since it forged a path from the San Diego Unified School District in 2005.

Read the full story here.

Photos by Brandon Quester | inewsource

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