Millard Public Schools students outperformed their peers nationally on tests the district adopted this year to measure college readiness.
District officials added two tests from the ACT lineup aimed at ensuring all students were moving toward readiness for college and careers.
Officials replaced the sixth-grade Terra Nova test with the eighth-grade ACT Explore. They replaced the ninth-grade Terra Nova with the ninth-grade ACT Explore.
Sophomores, they decided, would continue to annually take the ACT PLAN test, a precursor to the ACT college readiness exam.
On all three tests, Millard students achieved a higher average composite score than their peers across the nation, school board members were told Monday night.
But like their national counterparts, the students had the hardest time with math and science.
In math, 46 percent of Millard sophomores met the college readiness benchmark, an indicator of college preparedness; 49 percent achieved that benchmark in science. That compared with 36 percent in math and 28 percent in science for the nation.
In English, 84 percent of Millard sophomores met the benchmark, compared with 64 percent nationally.
The trend of higher English scores and lower math and science scores generally held true on all three tests at all Millard buildings, officials said.
Mark Feldhausen, the district's associate superintendent for education services, said he wants to see three years of test scores before drawing any conclusions from the data.