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Catholic school grads average 24.8 on ACT test

College coursework here we come.

The ACT is the nation's most popular college entrance exam, accepted by all universities and colleges in the United States. It tests high school students' knowledge and provides personalized information about their strengths for education and career planning.

Data released from ACT on Sept. 7 show the average composite score for 2017 Catholic school graduates in the archdiocese was 24.8, an increase from the 2016 average score of 24.7. The Missouri state average is 20.4.

ACT scores illustrate quality of Catholic schools

In touring high schools last school year, his first as Catholic schools superintendent, Kurt Nelson saw first-hand the quality of education in the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

But his observation was just that; an observation. He needed cold, hard facts to back up his witness.

ACT (American College Testing) provided the numbers.

"I knew we have a good product, but I wanted to see how we compare: How do we compare to other schools in the St. Louis area?" he asked.

Editorial | Catholic schools: ‘Nobody does it better’

In April, at the Archbishop Robert J. Carlson Gala benefiting the Today and Tomorrow Educational Foundation, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan offered an anecdote that sums up the importance and value of Catholic education beyond just the Catholic community.

Six years ago, a gentleman who described himself to Cardinal Dolan as "a Jewish atheist" visited the new leader for the Archdiocese of New York and wrote him a substantial check to help fund Catholic education. This became an annual occurrence. After a few years, Cardinal Dolan asked why the man does this.

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