The ACT test is one of the standardized test adopted by colleges to assess college readiness for high school seniors. The composite average of FVL students is 23.0. Slight changes were noted in the different subject areas, as happens every year. This composite score remains well above the state average of 20.0 and the national score of 20.3, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, which cut the 2019-20 school year short.
FVL tests 100 percent of its students. For FVL students who took “CORE or More” courses (4+ English, 3+ Math, Social Studies, Natural Sciences), the composite average was 25.0.
These high scores demonstrate the Lord’s blessings on the educational efforts of the entire FVL Schools system. The scores are a tribute to the hard work not only of the students, but also of their parents and elementary and high school teachers.
The ACT exams are standards used nationwide by schools to judge the quality of the education they offer. While such tests cannot measure the quality of a Christ-centered education, they can provide important information about the quality of instruction students are receiving in key subjects at FVL.
Related ACT Findings
As part of the ACT program, students are asked to state their perceptions on various aspects of school life. The students rated FVL's classroom instruction, grading practices, testing procedures, guidance services, media center facilities, and curriculum offerings highly.
Percent of Students Ready for College-Level Coursework
College English Composition (ACT English Benchmark Score=18*)
- 79% of FVL students scored 18 or higher on ACT English
- State Average: 55%
College Algebra (ACT Math Benchmark Score=22*)
- 55% of FVL students scored 22 or higher on ACT Math
- State Average: 37%
College Social Science (ACT Reading Benchmark Score=22*)
- 65% of FVL students scored 22 or higher on ACT Reading
- State Average: 39%
College Biology (ACT Science Benchmark Score=23*)
- 55% of FVL students scored 23 or higher on ACT Science
- State Average: 36%
College STEM (ACT Benchmark Score=26*)
- 32% of FVL students scored 26 or higher on ACT Science
- State Average: 18%
*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 or about a 75% chance of obtaining a C or higher in the corresponding credit-bearing college course.
(Reference Figure 1.1 in ACT College Readiness Letter for FVL)