Collectively, students in both the Bowling Green and Warren County school districts beat state averages in composite scores on the standardized EXPLORE and PLAN tests, according to 2012 results released this week.

Both tests – EXPLORE is taken by eighth-graders and PLAN by 10th-graders – indicate how students might score on the ACT college entrance exam.

Kentucky’s PLAN average in 2012 was 17.3 – the highest possible score is 32 – while the state EXPLORE average was 15.4 out of a possible 25.

The 2012 PLAN scores at Bowling Green High School showed increases from 2011 in all subjects: English rose from 17.7 to 18.2, math from 18.2 to 18.4, reading from 18.0 to 18.1 and science from 19.1 to 19.3. BGHS was above the state average in all PLAN subjects, and its composite score rose from 18.4 in 2011 to 18.7 in 2012.

Meanwhile, the average composite PLAN score for all four high schools in the Warren County Public Schools jumped from 17.4 in 2011 to 17.7 in 2012. Individual school composite scores were: South Warren High School, 18.9; Greenwood High School, 18.7; Warren East High School, 17.2; and Warren Central High School, 16.1. All four high schools showed growth from 2011 to 2012, according to a news release.

Although Kentucky’s EXPLORE scores in 2012 showed improvement in all but the composite category, Bowling Green Junior High School scores showed tiny drops in math, reading and science. BGJHS’ English scores showed an increase from 15.3 to 15.6 between 2011 and 2012, while math scores dropped from 15.5 to 15.2, reading scores fell from 15.7 to 15.4 and science scores fell from 17.4 to 17.2. The composite score for BGJHS dropped from 16.1 to 16.0 but still remained above the state average.

The average composite EXPLORE score among the four Warren County middle schools improved from 15.4 in 2011 to 15.7 in 2012, a release said. Individual composite scores for the WCPS middle schools were: South Warren Middle School, 16.4; Drakes Creek Middle School, 16.2; Warren East Middle School, 15.3; and Henry F. Moss Middle School, 14.4.

In addition, Franklin-Simpson High School beat the state and national averages in PLAN testing, a news release said. Those 10th-graders scored 18.1 in English, 18.5 in math, 17.9 in reading, 19.3 in science and 18.6 in the composite score.

Statewide, Kentucky students scored higher on EXPLORE and PLAN tests in 2012, registering gains in every subject tested. The data also show more students are on track to be ready for college coursework by the time they graduate high school, the release said.

In fall 2012, 49,486 students in Kentucky took the EXPLORE test and 48,576 took the PLAN test, the release said.

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