While still below the state average, the scores have shown steady improvement in the last five years.
Beeville Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Sue Thomas shared the latest scores with board member at its regular monthly meeting last Tuesday.
The test scores show continuous improvement since 2008, including:
•English: state average, 19.6; A.C. Jones, 18.2. The local score shows a 9 percent gain since 2008.
•Math: state average, 21.4; A.C. Jones, 19.9 — a 7.6 percent improvement over 2008.
•Reading: State average, 20.8; A.C. Jones, 19.8 — a 10.6 percent increase over 2008.
•Science: State average, 20.8; A.C. Jones, 20.2, a 9.8 percent gain since 2008.
While admitting the BISD scores are still below state averages, Thomas told the board the significance of the ACT results is the clear indication of steady improvement. The averages combined show an 8.8 percent gain over five years ago.
Benchmark scores, which indicate the minimum score a student should make in order to have a 50 percent chance of maintaining a college grade of B or higher, are: English composition, 18; mathematics, 22; social science, 21; and science (biology) 24.
Research by the Texas Education Agency and American College Test group shows that how well a freshman college student copes with the curriculum depends more on the rigor of high school coursework rather than the number of core classes the student takes.
For example, math students who take two courses of algebra and one geometry course perform better at college level math.
High school students who learn biology, chemistry and physics typically do better at college-level science courses.