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ACT scores above average for Catholic school seniors

ACT scores of students in Catholic high schools in the Archdiocese of Omaha are again above the state and national average.

For the 1,242 students who graduated from the archdiocese's 17 high schools in 2012, the composite average was 24.2, compared with the state's 22.1 and national average 21.1. The highest possible score is 36.

Archdiocesan scores have exceeded the state and national average for more than 10 years, officials at the Catholic Schools Office said. The ACT helps measure college preparedness in English, mathematics, reading and science.

"The latest ACT scores give us solid evidence of the achievement of the students in Catholic high schools in the archdiocese," said Msgr. James Gilg, superintendent of Catholic schools.

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