Western Hills and Franklin County high schools improved in their 2003 ACT scores, released today, while Frankfort High School dropped.
The ACT tests students in English, mathematics, science reasoning and reading. ACT scores range from 1 to 36. In addition, the scores are used to help decide what colleges and universities students will get accepted to as well help place students in appropriate college courses, according to a press release.
Taking the ACT test is required for admission by most Kentucky community colleges and public universities.
Wayne Dominick, communications coordinator for Franklin County Public Schools, said the ACT scores are the highest in the last five years for the county district and that all of the students are doing better.
"I think seniors take this test more seriously, because it helps to determine what school they will get in and how much money they will get for school," he said. "Our district scores are well above the state and national average. We are very excited about their scores."
Maurice Chappell, director of secondary curriculum and instruction in the county system, said the national average is going down.
"(The county) is doing the opposite of the national average, because we are going up," he said.