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Standardized Testing Information




Lamar School is pleased to announce the performance results for the Class of 2015 on the American College Test (ACT), one of the nation’s premier curriculum-based measures of college readiness.  The assessment measures student achievement in the four areas of English, mathematics, reading, and science and provides a composite score of achievement.  The highest possible composite score on the ACT is a 36.


State Comparison - Average ACT Score

The Class of 2015 at Lamar School had an average ACT composite score of 26.1, exceeding the state of Mississippi’s average score of 19.0 by thirty-seven percent.  The highest achievement occurred in the area of English, where Lamar students scored an average of 27.3 as compared to the state score of 18.7.  In mathematics Lamar students averaged a 24.7, scoring higher than the state’s average of 18.3.  Reading averages for Lamar’s Class of 2015 were a 26.6, with the state scoring 19.3.  Finally, the science average for Lamar students was a 25 and the state average was 19.


National Comparison – Average ACT Score

Outside the state of Mississippi, Lamar School’s Class of 2015 exceeded the nation’s composite score on the ACT by twenty-four percent.  While the nation scored an average composite score of 19, Lamar students earned a composite score of 26.1.  Upon further comparison, Lamar scored an English average of 27.3 to the national score of 20.4.  In mathematics, Lamar earned an average score of 24.7 while the national average score was 20.8.  Reading scores for Lamar were 26.6, with the nation scoring 21.4.  Finally, in science, Lamar students in 2015 scored an average of 25.0 as opposed to the national average of 20.9.


ACT Readiness for College Benchmarks

The ACT reports student achievement in terms of meeting its identified benchmark scores.  A benchmark score is the minimum score needed on an ACT subject-area test to indicate a 50% chance of obtaining a B or higher in the corresponding college courses of English Composition, Algebra, Social Science, and Biology. Fifty-three percent of the Class of 2015 at Lamar School met all four ACT benchmarks.  By comparison, only thirteen percent of students in the state of Mississippi’s Class of 2015 met all four benchmarks.  In the area of English, Lamar students achieved benchmark proficiency at ninety-five percent.  In mathematics, seventy-six percent of the Class of 2015 at Lamar earned benchmark proficiency.  In reading, seventy-four percent of the students scored at the proficiency mark.  Sixty-six percent of Lamar’s Class of 2015 achieved proficiency in science.


Lamar School is proud of the accomplishments of the Class of 2015.  These students exemplify the school’s mission of providing a challenging and purposeful college preparatory curriculum.  We wish them the success they have earned as they begin their college and career journey.