Jackson County ACT scores have improved, jumping to exceed state scores in several areas, according to information released recently by Jackson County Schools.

The Jackson County Board of Education recently received an update from Jim Mahan, director of secondary education, regarding ACT test results for 2018 graduates.

The recent graduating class from Jackson County Schools achieved ACT scores exceeding the state average in all subject areas of the ACT test which includes English, mathematics, reading

and science. The overall composite score for 2018 graduates was 21.1 compared to the state average of 20.3.

In addition to exceeding state level results, recent graduates also exceeded the national composite score of 20.8 by posting a county composite score of 21.1.

Jackson County graduates exceeded national scores in all areas except mathematics.

With the exception of the score for English, which remained the same as previous year, the results from the ACT scores showed improvement in mathematics, reading and science and the composite score increase from 20.8 to 21.1.

“Increasing student achievement and preparation for post-secondary education has been an important goal for Jackson County Schools,” said Blaine Hess, Jackson County superintendent of schools.