Science and Math Governor’s School Boasts State’s Highest ACT Score

Friday, August 19, 2011, COLUMBIA, S.C. – Statewide ACT scores for the Palmetto State’s Class of 2011 were recently released. Once again, the Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics (GSSM) celebrates the highest in the state. With an average composite score of 31.1, GSSM is well above the national average of 21.1 and the state average of 20.1.

The ACT includes four different test categories: English, Math, Reading and Science. Scores for each category and the overall composite are based on a 36-point scale. The exam is used to measure student readiness for first-year college courses and the performance levels of public, private and home-based high schools.

“GSSM has maintained an average score of 31 for the past five years,” says Dr. Murray Brockman, GSSM President. “These scores are a strong indication of GSSM’s success as a model for academic excellence.”

The core mission of the Governor’s School is to achieve economic development in South Carolina by providing education to the state’s most scientifically astute students. Students at GSSM are taught in a learning environment that develops their ability to think critically, stimulates the joy of learning, and fosters the excitement of discovery through scientific research.

GSSM is a public, residential high school for academically talented and motivated juniors and seniors. It offers college-level courses and a hands-on curriculum with a special focus on science, math, technology and research, along with new concentrations in economics and entrepreneurship. GSSM is one of the 16 specialized science and math programs in the nation. The school has been nationally recognized for its strong mix of intellectual challenges, dedicated teachers, rigorous research opportunities and overall excellence.

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