Eight Valley High School Students Achieve Top ACT Scores

Valley High School seniors Christopher Jun and Joseph Swanson earned perfect composite scores of 36 on the June 10, 2017, ACT test, according to ACT, Inc. This is the highest score possible on the college readiness exam. Seniors Anna Correa, Aarushi Dervesh, Catherine Larson, Alex Peterson and Nash Willham and junior Ryan Staub earned scores of 36 on one or more of the subject tests on the June 10 test. Swanson also earned a top score of 12 on the ACT Writing Test.

The ACT consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading and science. Each test is scored on a scale of 1-36, and a student’s composite score is the average of the four test scores. The national number of students earning a composite score of 36 varies from year to year, but only about one-tenth of one percent of students receive a top score.

Based on 2016 data, Valley High School’s average composite score of 24.2 exceeds both state and national averages. With an average composite score of 22.1, Iowa has the highest average ACT composite score in the nation among states that test a majority of their graduating seniors. The national average is 20.8.

Congratulations to these students!