Students in the Granite School District continue to score higher on the American College Test on average than other students in Utah and the United States.

According to figures presented to the district board Tuesday night, students scored higher on the English and mathematics portion of the test. Their composite scores were also higher.The 1990 composite score for the district was 21.5, with the state composite 21.0 and the national 20.6 on a scale of 1 to 36. Granite's composite score in 1989 was 21.4.

The district's 1990 mathematics score was 20.3 compared to the state score of 19.7 and a national score of 19.9. The district's 1990 English score was 21.4, the state score 21.1 and the national 20.5.

James H. Henderson, the district's testing director, said female students continue to score higher in English, while male students score higher in other areas of the test.

Henderson said studies conducted by the state Office of Education have shown that the enrollment of females in mathematics and science classes in high school is much lower, on a percentage basis, than the enrollment of males in the same courses.

State and national ACT results also show that students taking a college preparatory curriculum, including at least four years of English, three years of mathematics, three years of social studies and three years of science in grades 9-12, score at much higher levels than students who take a less rigorous course of studies, Henderson said.

Students in the district's 1990 graduating class who took the college preparatory curriculum had an average ACT composite test score of 22.7 as compared to the other students' average composite score of 20.6.

Henderson said the impact of the rigorous curriculum is especially pronounced in the area of mathematics where there is more than a 2.6-point difference between scores of students who have had the intensive course preparation as opposed to those who have not.

A total of 2,194 Granite students took the ACT, which represents 60 percent of the 1990 graduating class.

Approximately 58 percent of the students taking the test said they felt satisfied with the classroom instruction received, while 65 percent said they were satisfied with the honor programs and the accelerated courses. Those taking college preparation courses evaluated their high school experience more positively than their peers, both in Utah and nationally.

When asked about their educational aspirations, 1 percent said they were interested in pursuing vocational/technical training, 6 percent said they were interested in a two-year college degree, 33 percent said they would seek a bachelor's degree and 60 percent said they intended to pursue a graduate level degree.

Advanced Placement program

Henderson said the 1990 Advanced Placement test scores continue to reflect an exceptional growth in the program. From 1982 to 1990, the number of tests taken in the district increased from 748 to 2,103. The number of tests passed, for the same period, also increased from 510 to 1,522.

During the past eight years, the district has also established a pattern of increased performance on AP tests. In 1982, 68.1 percent of Granite students who took an AP test passed, compared to 70 percent nationally. Since then the district has pulled away and in 1990 outscored the national figure by 5.9 percentage points, with 72.4 percent passing, while nationally, 66.5 percent passed and in all of Utah 70.8 percent passed.

Utah also ranks first in the nation in the number of tests taken per 100,000 population.

In Granite District, 34 percent of the high school graduates have taken AP courses compared to 27.2 percent statewide and 10.6 percent nationally.


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How students compare

Granite Utah U.S.

English 21.4 21.1 20.5

Math 20.3 19.7 19.9

Composite 21.5 21.0 20.6