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ACHS Scores Highest District ACT® Average To-Date

ANKENY, Iowa (August 24, 2016) - Students at Ankeny Centennial High School have raised the bar for the school district’s average composite score on the ACT®, achieving a score of 24.8, the highest district average score to-date. The state average composite mark is 22.1. Additionally, students at ACHS improved upon the best marks from the past five years in all tested categories, with highlights of a 24.6 in both English and science, and 25.3 in reading.

“These results demonstrate the commitment, hard work, and pursuit of excellence that the class of 2016 demonstrated daily,” said Dr. Jen Lindaman, ACHS Principal.  “Additionally, they reflect the ongoing efforts of our staff to learn, inquire, and implement current research and best practice in instruction so every student is challenged and learning at high levels.  We are very proud of our students and teachers.”


Ankeny’s overall composite average is 23.9, with improvements upon the best scores from the past five years in all tested categories.  Iowa’s statewide average composite score for the year is 22.1.


“We are extremely pleased with these results and will continue to build on this high-level of achievement,” said Dr. Bruce A. Kimpston, Superintendent of Schools. “Although this is the highest composite average our district has achieved, we believe Ankeny students can and will score higher subject and composite results.”

About the ACT®

The ACT is a curriculum-based test designed to measure the skills needed for success in first-year college coursework. The ACT consists of four multiple-choice tests: English, mathematics, reading, and science.


The mathematics test measures mathematical skills students have typically acquired in courses taken up to the beginning of grade 12, while the reading test measures reading comprehension. Likewise, the science test measures the interpretation, analysis, evaluation, reasoning, and problem-solving skills required in the natural sciences.


ACT’s college readiness standards relate test scores to the types of skills needed for success in high school and beyond. The standards serve as a link between what students have already learned and what they are capable of doing next.