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Paris High School continues to outpace state averages in college readiness benchmarks

paris high logoParis Independent School District received word recently that its level of college preparedness is once again higher than the state average.

ACT, Inc., sent the College Readiness Letters to each area principal and superintendent recently, and the Paris High School letter showed that 2014 ACT tested graduates once again scored above state averages and the percent of Paris High School students “ready for college-level coursework” was above the state average in all areas.

The ACT test is a college readiness assessment used by most colleges to aid in admissions. The test is designed to score a student’s ability to perform at a college-level. The assessment tests in English, math, reading and science. The individual subject scores are averaged together to make an overall composite score. PHS students’ composite score is once again higher than the State of Texas average. PHS exceeded the state average in 2010, 2011, tied in 2012, and fell slightly below the state average in 2013.

The ACT results, based on college readiness benchmarks that indicate a likeliness to succeed in college, compare individual school scores with the statewide average. PHS students scored 50 percent in the College Algebra category, compared with the state average of 47 percent, and 40 percent in College Biology, compared with a state average of 36 percent. In College Social Science, PHS students scored 47 percent, compared with a state average of 42 percent, and in College English Composition, PHS students scored 62 percent while the state average was 60 percent.

According to Superintendent Paul Jones, “Paris High School’s continued success in preparing students for college is just one good indicator of the quality of work that is being done.  Our students, faculty, and staff are to be commended.”

PHS encourages all students to take college entrance exams and to enroll in higher education.  The percentage of PHS students who take college entrance exams is well above state average.  PHS has received Texas Education Agency recognitions for college readiness success and exceptional use of High School Allotment Funds.  In addition, PHS has been named to the College Board AP Honor Roll for preparing students for college.

For more information about the ACT, visit http://www.act.org/news/aapfacts.html

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