Neenah students again posted ACT scores well above the state averages during the 2013-14 school year with a 24.1 composite score for the third straight year.
The score was significantly better than the state average of 22.2 and the national average of 21.0. Neenah's score is also the highest of any public district in the Fox Valley area. Neenah had 322 students take the ACT test last year in the final year before all juniors are required to take the test in 2014-15.
“These scores reflect the hard work of our students and staff at all levels of our district,” Neenah Superintendent Dr. Mary Pfeiffer said. “It is only one measure of overall student achievement, but an important one. We are proud of being able to maintain such high scores and effectively prepare students for post-secondary pursuits.”
For the fifth straight year, Neenah’s highest scores were in reading with a 24.6 average, which easily surpassed the state average of 22.4. Neenah students scored a 24.1 in science for the second straight year, outscoring the state average of 22.3.
Neenah students improved their math scores to 23.6, which was up 0.1 from the previous year. The state average in math was 22.0 for the third straight year. In English, Neenah students averaged a 23.3, which was higher than the state average of 21.6.
Neenah had 48 percent of its students meet the ACT benchmark for college readiness in English composition, algebra, social science and biology, compared to the state average of 34 percent. Last year, Neenah had 46 percent of its students meet the overall benchmark.
Wisconsin’s 22.2 composite score was only surpassed by Minnesota’s 22.9 among states with a large number of students that take the test.