ACT scores slipped a bit across the state from an 18.9 a year ago to 18.7 this year. The top performers are in Jefferson Parish and the Louisiana School for Math Science and the Arts in Natchitoches. Haynes Academy in Jefferson Parish averaged a 29.9 while the Natchitoches school posted average ACT scores of 29.8. The highest score on the ACT is 36.
Locally Caddo Magnet is the top performer with an average ACT score of 26 with Byrd High next among local schools at 21.6 followed by Benton at 20.7 and Airline at 20.1.

Here are some of the other high performers from across the state:
Patrick Taylor in Jefferson 29.2
Ben Franklin in Orleans 28.7
The LSU Lab School in Baton Rouge at 26.9
Thomas Jefferson in Jefferson Parish with a score of 26.5
Lusher High in Orleans at 26.2
My Alma Mater, Baton Rouge Magnet High School checks in at 25.7, also one of the top performers.

State Superintendent of Education Cade Brumley says that number is an all-time low since the state began requiring all students to take the exam in 2013.

Why did the overall scores dip a bit after showing gains for several years? There's lots of speculation about that. But one thing lots of folks are pointing to is the pandemic and the interruption of the school year. Also test dates were cancelled which means students did not have as many opportunities to retake the test multiple times this year. That is likely one of the key reasons for the dip in scores. Often students will take the test 2 or 3 times to try to get a better score, but that opportunity was not available this year because of COVID-19.

Click here to check out the school by school list of ACT scores from around the state.

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