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Horry County Schools makes performance gains on the ACT

The College Board released ACT results for graduates in the Class of 2019, showing gains in student performance for Horry County Schools (HCS). The average composite for HCS was 19.0 in 2019, seven-tenths of one point higher than the average composite of 18.3 reported in 2018.

Comparatively, the ACT average composite for the state’s public schools was 18.6 in 2019, up from 18.0 the previous year. District students scored higher than their peers statewide on all four subtests of the ACT, to include English, mathematics, reading, and science.

All South Carolina third-year high school students are required to take either the ACT or the SAT as an indicator of college readiness for state and federal accountability requirements. After an initial period of ACT census testing for third-year high school students statewide, students were given an opportunity to choose one of the two assessments during the 2017-2018 school year. Given the opportunity to choose, there was a decrease of 34 percent in the number of HCS students who opted to take the ACT and an increase of 33 percent in the number of students who chose to take the SAT. At their own time and expense, students may take either test multiple times in an attempt to achieve a desired score that supports their post-secondary goals.  

Traditionally, both assessments have been used as performance indicators for students seeking acceptance to colleges and universities. Currently, all South Carolina students must take one of the two assessments, even if they do not plan or have not prepared to advance to post-secondary education.

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