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Montgomery County Public Schools Do Well in ACT


According to ACT’s annual report: Students in the Montgomery County Public Schools' (MCPS) Class of 2011 consistently outperformed their peers in Maryland and the nation on all sections of the ACT college admissions exam.

The average composite score for MCPS graduates was 23.2 in 2011, compared to 22.1 for Maryland and 21.1 for the nation.

The Class of 2011 also demonstrated strong participation in the ACT, with more than 3,000 students taking the exam. ACT participation has risen steadily over the past five years in MCPS, from 1,735 students in 2007 to 3,022 in 2011. Overall participation in the ACT dipped slightly from an all-time high of 3,117 test takers in 2010, but rose for African-American and Hispanic students for the fifth straight year. The small decline in participation is attributed in part to a smaller enrollment in the 2011 senior class.

ACT participation among African-American students in MCPS has increased dramatically in the last five years, with 232 students taking the exam in 2007 and 620 doing so in 2011. That trend is mirrored by Hispanic students. In 2007, 93 Hispanic students took the ACT, compared to 395 in 2011. As participation has tripled for both subgroups, scores have held steady.

The ACT is a curriculum-based achievement test designed to measure the skills and knowledge taught in high school that are deemed essential for success in first-year college coursework. Though the majority of MCPS students take the SAT, the number opting to take the ACT has risen in recent years as more colleges and universities have begun to accept results from both exams as part of their admissions processes.