We’ve come to expect students from Norman High School and Norman North High School to routinely score higher than the state average on the ACT college-entrance exam. This past year’s graduating class was no exception with Norman North students scoring an average of 24, the state’s fourth highest ranking, behind the Oklahoma School for Science and Mathematics, Edmond North High School and the Classen School for Advanced Studies.

Norman High School students shared in ninth place with five other schools with a 22.9 average, besting the state’s composite average of 20.7. Statewide 73 percent of our seniors participated, up nearly five percent or more than 1,200 students from the 2009 class. Locally, about 68 percent of all seniors take the test.

The national average composite score is 21 with a 47 percent participation rate.

Seniors studying at the state’s school for science and math — a magnet school for the state’s best and brightest — scored a composite average of 31.4 on the 36-point test.

The state’s high participate rate translates to a high interest in attending college. A 2006 state law required all high school students to complete a college-prep/work-ready curriculum beginning in the 2006-07 school year. High schools must make certain the students are prepared to face the rigors of college and the competitive workplace beyond their studies.

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