PTHS Jrs. Boost ACT Scores, Surpass KY Averages
By Wayne Walden, Paducah Public Schools
PADUCAH, KY - Paducah Tilghman High School (PTHS) juniors posted their best ACT composite score in PTHS history and beat the state average on the test, which was administered to public high school juniors statewide last spring.

Paducah Tilghman juniors earned a composite score of 19.5 on the test, which surpassed the state average of 19.2 by 3/10 of a point.  The composite score was 9/10 of a point better than the composite score posted by PT juniors in 2012. Of the 179 Tilghman juniors who took the ACT, 14 of them earned a composite score of 30 or above, placing them in the 95th percentile nationwide. 

Broken down by subject, the class of 2014 made the following scores, with state average scores in parentheses: English 18.9 (18.4); math 19.3 (18.9); reading 19.6 (19.4); science 19.5 (19.5).

Broken down by ethnicity, the class of 2014 made the following composite scores, with state average scores in parentheses: All 19.5 (19.2); African American 16.7 (16.3); Caucasian/White 22.3 (19.6); Hispanic 17.8 (18.0); Two or more races 19.8 (19.3).  The ACT composite for every ethnic group improved compared to 2012.

The American College Test (ACT) is required by state law for all public school juniors. The test is scored on a scale of one to 36 in the subjects of English, math, reading, and science. Students also receive an overall or “composite” score.  The test is used by many colleges and universities as part of their admissions process and placement in appropriate courses.

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Livingston County School Superintendent tweeted, "Congrats to PTHS" after seeing this article and its link on social media. He added that the juniors at LCHS had a composite score of 19.6, beating the state average of 19.3.

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Published 07:15 AM, Sunday Jul. 14, 2013
Updated 05:13 PM, Tuesday Jul. 16, 2013

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