PWCS Outscores the Nation and Continues Upward Trend on ACT Scores
Posted on 09/01/2016
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PWCS student results on the ACT are trending upward, with the 2015-16 scores the highest they have been in the past five years for all of the tested areas as well as the composite score.


In all four content areas of English, mathematics, reading, and science, Prince William County Public Schools students exceeded the national average composite score on the ACT exam, continuing a 21-year record for the college-readiness assessment. The PWCS composite score for 2015-16 was 22.8 on the 36-point scale; that beats the national composite score by 2 points.


ACT scores assess high school students’ general educational development and ability to complete college-level work. Unlike an aptitude or reasoning test, the ACT is designed to be an achievement test, measuring what a student has learned in school. The ACT consists of multiple-choice questions.