ACT scores are in for last year's junior class, and there's much to celebrate in Wilson County, according to Wilson County Schools Public Information Officer Jennifer Johnson.
The average composite score increased by half a point over the junior class of 2015 - the most significant year-to-year gain the county school district has seen in recent history.
"We expected to see a jump in scores, but this class really exceeded our expectations," Wilson County Director of Schools Dr. Donna Wright remarked. "What I'm even more excited about is the fact that our biggest gains were in science and reading, which we've been putting a lot of emphasis on in recent years."
Each spring, the ACT is given to 11th-graders across the country. The composite scores aren't released to school districts until the fall. While many students will use the results of the test to apply for college, some will retake the test during their senior year to improve upon their score. Generally, students who retake the ACT score an average of two points better during their senior year. Based on current data, the Wilson County Class of 2017 can expect an ACT composite score of 20.8 or higher. Those results will not be available until next fall.