ACT scores up in Kentucky

ACT scores for students in Kentucky hit an all-time high in 2013, according to numbers released by the state Department of Education Wednesday.

The scores are also increasing at Leslie County High School, said its principal, Kevin Gay.

"We're proud of our numbers," he said. "I think our class of 2013 has an 18.8 composite, and I think that's encouraging."

Statewide, students overall achieved an average composite score of 19.6, up from 19.5 last year.

The state also saw increases in English, mathematics, and science scores.

Leslie County High School tracks its students' progress by using data notebooks, kept by the students.

"Our students have taken a lot of ownership in goal setting and looking at their own information to determine next steps and to help them be successful in school and in life," he said.

Teachers are also working to increase student achievement.

"Our teachers have been really dedicated to use time after school, on their own time to look at those reports, analyze that data," Gay said.

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