Ascension Public Schools ranks among the strongest school districts in Louisiana for college preparation, according to a news release.

The 2014-15 ACT data recently released by the Louisiana Department of Education in July showed Ascension is fourth in the state with a composite score of 20.6, the release said. The state average is 19.4.

“This is another demonstration that our students perform to high standards and is indicative of the exceptional teaching present throughout the district,” Ascension Public Schools Superintendent Patrice Pujol said. “Although we continuously look at ways to build upon our successes, we already have much of which to be proud.”

LDOE data released earlier this year showed 71 percent of Ascension graduates enrolled in college compared to 59 percent statewide. The district ranks fourth in the state.

The ACT data released by LDOE was determined by seniors’ best score on the test. The “best score” method, used by colleges and universities for admission and by TOPS for scholarship awards, calculates a student’s top score achieved any time the student took the test.