ACT Scores Continue to Rise
New Orleans improved more than the state.
- New Orleans’ composite ACT score improved from 18.4 to 18.8, a gain of 0.4 points, while the state improved from 19.2 to 19.4, a gain of 0.2 points.
More New Orleans students have TOPS-qualifying ACT scores.
- 63% of the senior class scored a 17 or higher on the ACT (the qualifying score for 2-year TOPS Tech).
- 38% of seniors scored a 20 or higher (the qualifying score for 4-year TOPS Opportunity).
New Orleans continues to move up in the state rankings.
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New Orleans is closing the gap with the state’s ACT average.
Both OPSB and RSD improved.
- OPSB gained 0.4 points, moving from 20.5 to 20.9.
- RSD gained 0.2 points, moving from 16.4 to 16.6.
One of the key goals of K-12 education is to give our students the educational foundation they need to be college or career ready. In Louisiana, we have a good benchmark to measure this preparedness – what percent of our students qualify for TOPS, a program that provides two- and four-year merit-based scholarships to Louisiana public colleges and universities.
Educate Now! recently reviewed the TOPS data, and New Orleans continues to close the gap.
- The percent of Orleans Parish public school students eligible for TOPS scholarships (two- or four-year) has grown from 24.9% in 2005 to 37.2% for last year’s graduates – a gain of 12.3 percentage points.
- During this same time, the state average grew only 5.2 percentage points, from 37.3% in 2005 to 42.5% in 2011. Continue reading