It’s official. The results are in and they are impressive. Saint Viator students continue to score well above the state and national averages on college-readiness exams, outpacing their state counterparts by nearly six points in nearly every subject area.
Mrs. Eileen Manno, principal, announced Wednesday that the average ACT score for Saint Viator’s class of 2016 was 26.6, based on each student’s highest composite score.
A closer look reveals even more good news: of the 228 Saint Viator students who took the ACT, the top 25 percent of the class averaged 32.1, while the middle 50 percent averaged 26.5—all well above the state average of 20.8 for the class of 2016.
“These scores are exceptional,” Mrs. Manno says. “It’s our highest composite so far, but it doesn’t happen overnight.
“They reflect the rigorous education students receive at Saint Viator,” she adds, “over the course of four years.”
This was the fifth year in a row that Saint Viator students averaged over 26 on the curriculum and standards-based readiness test, and in doing so scored above the college-readiness benchmarks in individual subject areas set by the ACT.
In English, Saint Viator students scored an average of 27.1 or nearly seven points higher than the state average of 20.5 and nearly 10 points above the benchmark score set by the ACT of 18.
In mathematics, Saint Viator students scored an average of 25.1 or nearly five points above the state average of 20.6 and three points higher than the 22 benchmark score set by the ACT of students’ readiness to tackle college level algebra.
Saint Viator students scored an average of 26.3 in reading—more than five points higher than the state average of 21—and a 25.5 in science, or nearly five points higher than the state average of 20.6.
“Our scores were up in every subject area over last year,” Mrs. Manno adds, “and well above the benchmark scores set by the ACT.”
Officials with the ACT say that the test results reflect students’ readiness for college-level work and that the test itself measures the skills needed for success in first-year college coursework.
By any measure, Saint Viator students reflect their college-prep curriculum, first-year president, Mr. Brian Liedlich says.
“These are terrific results,” Mr. Liedlich said, “that reflect our consistent commitment and dedication to our students’ intellectual growth.”