Springfield High School seniors who took the ACT test as juniors last spring increased their scores in all four areas of the popular U.S. college admissions test. The second time they took the test in the spring they averaged a composite score of 22.6, 2.6 points higher than the national ACT average.

The ACT, originally an abbreviation of American College Testing, is a standardized test measuring what students learn in high school to determine academic readiness for college. Students’ composite scores can range from 1 to 36, with 20 as the national ACT average score. Of the four tested subjects — English, Math, Reading and Science — the Springfield Class of 2017 had the greatest increase in English, scoring an average 3.6 points higher than when previously tested.

Springfield High School Principal Patrick Moriarty said the district started working with the John Baylor ACT Prep program last February, using the program twice a week for six weeks. “They stuck with it and have been rewarded with strong results.” said Moriarty.

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