Fort Mill School District
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Fort Mill Schools exceed state and national average on ACT
ACT results released nationally
Posted on 08/24/2016
Fort Mill School District Class of 2016 exceeded the state and national averages on ACT exams administered in the spring of 2015. The average composite score for all South Carolina seniors was 18.5, and the national average composite score was 20.8. The average composite score for seniors in the Fort Mill School District was 21.7. 

“That our FMSD students did so well speaks to our tremendous teachers and outstanding students,” said Nation Ford Principal Jason Johns. 

The ACT is a four-hour long exam that tests students in the areas of English, Mathematics, Science, Reading, and Writing. Scores provide information on college readiness and are used by many colleges and universities during the admissions process.  

The spring 2015 test administration was the first time that South Carolina schools were required to offer the ACT to all students in their third year of high school, regardless of their coursework or plans after high school. Test fees ($56.50) were paid for by the state as part of the state’s goal for all graduates to be Career and College Ready. 

As expected when a pool of test-takers doubles, and when testing becomes required rather than chosen, the average score for Fort Mill students decreased from the previous year, when students’ average composite score was 23.2. However, none of the averages went down more than 1.9 points and 31 percent of students tested met the college benchmark in all four subjects. 

“Our students’ high achievement on the ACT shows us that all of our students, regardless of their post-graduation plans, are receiving a rigorous education,” said Superintendent Chuck Epps. “Once again, the district performed well when compared to other districts across the nation.” 

Access to the ACT allows every student to have a barometer for college potential, said Fort Mill High School Principal Dee Christopher. 

“Though we don’t believe one test on any one day in one year is the only indicator for student success, we do believe these data points help students and families make decisions for future high school course work and direction after high school,” Christopher said.