Columbia (WLTX) -- South Carolina seniors are scoring better on college entrance exams.
According to the Department of Education, Palmetto State seniors who just graduated averaged the highest scores ever on the ACT.
Out of 36 possible points, seniors averaged a 19.9 composite score, an improvement for the fourth straight year.
Not only did the students show overall improvement, they also improved in each individual subject, which include math, english, reading and science reasoning.
Math scores have improved the most, up more than a full point, over the past five years.
Both white and African-American students showed improvements from 2007.
The national average dropped slightly from last year, but is still higher than South Carolina's score, at 21.1.
Nearly 14,000 seniors took the test in our state last year, about 200 less than year.
Still, the number has increased by almost 25 percent since 2004, now at 44 percent of all graduating seniors.
That's a higher percentage than our neighbors, with Georgia (38 percent) and North Carolina (14).
All three regional states posted improvements on composite scores by .3, while the national average dropped.
North Carolina scored slightly higher than the national average at 21.3, and Georgia was below the national average, but still higher than South Carolina, at 20.6
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