LWSD students’ ACT scores remain above state and national averages

Lake Washington School District (LWSD) students are more likely to meet college readiness standards than other students in Washington state or the United States. Comparatively, more LWSD students score high enough to meet the ACT college readiness benchmark.

Nationally, 27 percent of students met this standard for all four subjects tested: English, math, reading and science. Statewide, 36 percent of students met the standard. Sixty percent of the students in LWSD who took the ACT met the benchmark scores in all subjects tested.

The number of students taking the ACT continues to rise in LWSD. In 2017, 749 students took the ACT. That is 145 students more than last year and 237 more than in 2015.

“Lake Washington students continue to score higher than state and national standards on the ACT,” said Superintendent Dr. Traci Pierce in a district press release. “These results show that our students and teachers work hard every day to ensure that every student is future ready.”

The district’s average composite score fell slightly from 26.4 in 2016 to 26 in 2017. State composite scores also decreased, from 23.1 in 2016 to 21.9 in 2017. The national average rose slightly from 20.8 to 21.0.

LWSD’s average ACT reading score decreased slightly from 26.7 in 2016 to 26.3 in 2017. State scores decreased from 23.6 in 2016 to 22.1 in 2017. National scores increased slightly from 21.3 to 21.4.

Average scores for LWSD students decreased in science from 26 in 2016 to 25.7 in 2017. State scores also decreased, from 22.9 to 22. National scores increased slightly from 20.8 to 21.

The average ACT English score for LWSD also decreased slightly, from 26.3 in 2016 to 25.8 in 2017. State scores also declined from 22.3 to 20.9. National scores increased slightly from 20.1 in 2016 to 20.3 in 2017.

Average ACT math scores decreased from 26.1 in 2016 to 25.8 in 2017. State scores also decreased from 23.2 to 21.9 National scores rose by 20.6 in 2016 to 20.7 in 2017.

For more information about the ACT and national results, go to the ACT website.