The Louisiana Department of Education has released ACT scores for the 2016-17 school year and the report card is good. It's nice to see that ACT scores are improving around the 5 Parish area. And Barbe High really has some numbers to be proud of. All the area schools did pretty good when it comes right down to it.

I'm sure you have probably taken an ACT. if now, quite simply, it's the college readiness test for juniors and seniors and our area students did a great job. We all know how Louisiana is regarded when it comes to education. We don't even need to get into that, but these numbers are promising. The numbers were up pretty much across the board.

In Louisiana, the composite score was 19.6 - while the national ACT average is just a bit higher at  20.8. Here in Calcasieu Parish, the composite score is 20, that's up from last year's score of 19.7. Calcasieu had 1,274 students score 18 or higher and 768 students score 21 or higher. I'd call that pretty good.


Here are the SAT scores for this area:

According to the Louisiana Department of Education website

2016-17 2015-16 2014-15
Louisiana 19.6 19.5 19.4
Allen Parish 19.6 19.3 19.3
Beauregard Parish 19.5 19.8 20.3
Calcasieu Parish 20 19.7 19.7
Cameron Parish 19.2 19.4 20.5
Jeff Davis Parish 19.4 19.5 19.3
Vernon Parish 20.2 20.7 20.4

Here's how the score averages break down around the area:

Barbe High School 21.5
Sam Houston High School 20.9
Sulphur High School 20.6
Westlake High School 20.2

Let's hear it for our area schools. Despite all the negative press and loose talk, we're doing pretty darn good.