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    Lake Washington students’ ACT scores remain above state and national averages


    LWSD students more likely to meet college readiness standards

    Redmond, Wash. – Once again, Lake Washington School District (LWSD) students achieved the highest scores on record for ACT in 2018. The district’s average composite score increased back to its 2016 rate of 26.4, well above state and national averages.

    LWSD students are more likely to meet college readiness standards than other students in Washington state or the U.S.  Comparatively, more LWSD students score high enough to meet the ACT college readiness benchmark. ACT college readiness benchmarks are the minimum ACT college readiness assessment scores required for students to have a high probability of success in credit-bearing college courses.

    Nationally, only 27 percent of students met this standard for all four subjects tested: College English Composition (English), College Algebra (Math), College Social Science (Reading) and College Biology (Science). Just 37 percent met the standard statewide. Sixty-three percent of the students in LWSD who took the ACT met the benchmark scores in all subjects tested.

    This chart shows the percent of students who met the college readiness benchmark score in each area in 2018:

      District State National
    English 92% 65% 60%
    Math 79% 52% 40%
    Social Science 80% 54% 46%
    Science 74% 47% 36%
    Met All Four 63% 37% 27%

    The number of students taking the ACT fell for LWSD. In 2018, 647 students took the ACT. That is 102 students less than last year.

    “Our students continue to show outstanding achievement on standardized assessments,” noted Dr. Jane Stavem, Superintendent. “We know the ACT is one of many indicators we look at to determine how students are performing academically. We’re proud of the work of our schools and know that we have to support many aspects of student growth and development as they work hard to do their very best every day.”

    Five-year trend – Average LWSD composite ACT score rises to same level as 2016:

    2018 ACT Composite Scores: LWSD, State of Washington, and National

    The district’s average composite score increased back to the same score as 2016 at 26.4 from 26.0 in 2017. State composite scores also increased, from 21.9 in 2016 to 22.2 in 2018. The national average decreased slightly, to 20.8 in 2018 compared to 21.0 in 2017.

    For more information about the ACT and national results, go to the ACT website.

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    About Lake Washington: Lake Washington School District is a high-performing public school district serving Kirkland, Redmond, and Sammamish, Washington. It is the third largest district in the state of Washington, with nearly 30,000 students in 54 schools.