Test scores

ACT scores in local high schools have continued an above-average trend compared to the rest of the state and country, according to recent scores.

Horizon Honors High School in Ahwatukee has steadily increased its ACT scores since 2008, all the while maintaining a steady lead ahead of Arizona’s average scores.

Nearly 30,000 students who took the ACT in Arizona this year fell short of meeting the test’s benchmark scores, as a whole. The ACT readiness benchmarks are the minimum score a student can receive for required subjects. Those minimum scores are an 18 in English, 22 in math, 21 in reading, and 24 in science.

The 27 students tested this year at the honors school, part of the Horizon Community Learning Center, scored above the college-readiness benchmark score, in every category.

The school has also scored higher than the national average for all categories and the composite score, according to scores listed on the ACT website.

High school students within Tempe Union High School District, which includes Desert Vista High School and Mountain Pointe High School, are also succeeding in college readiness, according to scores.

Students have been above state average on a five-year trend, said Linda Littell, executive director of community relations at the district.

More than 600 students in the Tempe district sat for the test.

Contact writer: (480) 898-4903 or dmartinez@ahwatukee.com

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