District students are in the middle of the pack, both statewide and nationally.

The Tigard-Tualatin School District offers all of its high school juniors the chance to take the ACT free of charge each year. Last school year, 93 percent of the district's juniors took the test, and the results were presented at Monday's school board meeting.

The district uses the data to see how many of its students are hitting national college readiness benchmarks.

From last year's round of tests, 31 percent of district students met all four ACT benchmark scores (for the subjects of English composition, algebra, social sciences and biology).

Todd Robson, the district's director of curriculum and instruction, compared that to the percentage of students who met those benchmarks nationally (the district was a bit higher), and in Oregon (the district was a bit lower). However, as Robson pointed out, most high school students do not get a chance to take the ACT in their school, free of charge, meaning that it wasn't necessarily a fair comparison.

For students who took the ACT and graduated from the district last school year, the average composite ACT score was 21.4 out of a possible 38. That was on par with statewide (21.8) and nationwide (21.0) average composite scores.

"It's important for us to be able to measure our students on a national level … and to connect their thinking to college," Robson said.

Blair Stenvick
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