WHEELING, W.Va. -- Graduates of West Virginia's seven Catholic high schools outperformed public school counterparts on the ACT exam for the fifth straight year.
Figures provided by the Iowa company that administers the test show they had an average composite score of 23.2, compared with a statewide average of 20.6.
They also bested the national average of 21.1, on a scale of 1 to 36.
The schools are Charleston Catholic, St. Joseph, Parkersburg Catholic, Notre Dame, Bishop Donahue Memorial, Wheeling Central Catholic and Madonna.
The 288 students tested also scored higher in every category than public school peers -- English, math, reading and science.
Superintendent of Catholic Schools Vincent de Paul Schmidt says more than 95 percent of Catholic high school graduates go to college, and their scores signal their readiness to succeed.