MCPASD ACT scores at all-time high

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Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District seniors who took the ACT last year have plenty of reasons to celebrate.

The district's composite score was 25.5, the third-highest average in the state in 2010-11 and the highest score ever compiled by district students.

The state average composite score was around 22. The only districts with higher ACT averages than MCPASD were Whitefish Bay (26.6) and Mequon-Thiensville (25.6).

There were 395 MCPASD students who took the ACT last year, which was the highest number ever for the district. That also represents more than 75 percent of last year's senior class.

Ninety percent of MCPASD students showed preparedness for college level English, compared to the state average of 75 percent. While 54 percent of state students are ready for college level algebra, the MCPASD average was 84 percent.

Of the top three districts, MCPASD had by far the highest percent of free or reduced lunch students at 17.8 percent, compared with Whitefish Bay (0 percent) and Mequon-Thiensville (9.1 percent). Studies have shown that students who receive free or reduced lunch typically score lower on tests.

The ACT is a series of tests in English, math, science and reading. The ACT is used by many colleges as a factor in determining who is accepted to a school.