St. Francis Borgia Regional High School’s average composite was 24.3, which is well above the state average of 21.8.

“At Borgia, we are especially proud of this because almost all of our students take the ACT — 99 percent of our graduates take it while in high school,” said Dr. Kevin Mabie, principal. “This is not the case at many schools. This average is an improvement from our 23.6 average in 2012-13.”

Mabie said Borgia students also performed well in the individual areas of the test.

“In English, our students outperformed the state by nearly four points (on a 36 point test),” he said. “Our average was 25.5; the state average was 21.6. The same was true in reading, where we outperformed the state 24.8 to 22.3.”

Math and science scores also were high, he said.

“Math scores averaged 22.8, which is well above the 21.1 state average,” Mabie noted. “Science scores averaged 23.6, while the state averaged 21.8.”

Mabie said the ACT releases a benchmark assessment which indicates the number of our students who, based on test scores, believes will be successful in college.

“Making the benchmark indicates that the student has a 50 percent chance of obtaining a “B” or higher in that subject’s college course, and a 75 percent chance of finishing with a “C” or higher,” he said. “In English, 92 percent of our students achieved the benchmark score; in reading, 68 percent achieved that score; in math, 58 percent achieved the benchmark score; and in science, 44 percent achieved this score.”

All of these percentages are well above the state and national averages, Mabie said.

“While we are always cognizant of our areas for improvement, we are very proud of the graduates we are sending forward to the college level,” he said.

Mabie said students and the faculty should be commended for a job well done.

Statewide Results

After nearly a decade of scoring at 21.6, Missouri graduates have raised their ACT composite score to 21.8.

The composite is higher than the national average of 21, and composite scores in each of the four ACT subject areas have increased over the past five years.

There was a slight decrease in the number of students taking the test; in 2013, 49,217 students took the ACT in Missouri compared with 48,865 in 2014. Despite the dip in actual numbers, the percentage of graduating seniors who took the test — 76 percent — rose 2 percent.

Beginning in the 2014-15 school year, a one-time administration of the ACT exam will be given to every Missouri 11th-grader. Accommodations will be provided for English language learners, students with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), or 504 plans.

The exam will be offered at no charge to the students and their families.