The Louisiana Department of Education released the 2014-15 senior cohort American College Test results, and Zachary Community School District ranks among the top-performing school districts in the state.

According to the report, 351 Zachary High School seniors tested in the last school year, and the school saw a three percent growth in ACT passage rate of 18 or higher from 73 percent in 2013-14 to 76 percent in 2014-15, a news release said.

The overall composite score grew by .5 from 20.2 in 2013-14 to 20.7 in 2014-15.

The ACT is a curriculum-based multiple choice exam that measures content knowledge in English, mathematics, reading and science. The students receive a composite score on the exam, which is scored on a scale of one to 36. A student’s composite score is an average of the scores from the four content areas.

Since the 2012-13 school year, Louisiana has required all students to take the ACT. The Louisiana Department of Education has set a composite score of 18 or higher on the ACT as the passage rate score for graduating high school seniors.

“We’re excited about the gains we’re making. The increase shows that we are working hard and are dedicated to continuous improvement. We’ll continue to work on providing the rigorous curriculum that is needed to ensure our students are college and career ready,” Principal Joe LeBlanc said.

The Zachary School District continues to increase performance on the ACT and prepare students for their individual college and career aspirations by assuring that a high percentage of students qualify for the Taylor Opportunity Program — TOPS Opportunity and TOPS Tech.

Eighty percent of ZHS seniors achieved an ACT score that qualified them for award acceptance, a news release said. This accomplishment includes an 8 percent increase from last year in the number of students qualifying for the TOPS Opportunity award and propels Zachary to be amongst the top districts in the state for overall TOPS composite scores, the release said.

“We are happy to see the improvement and are proud of our students and teachers,” said Superintendent Scott Devillier. “The growth is evidence that we are setting the bar high and providing high quality instruction. As a district, we will continue to offer expanded opportunities like ACT preparation, accelerated courses, Advanced Placement and Dual Enrollment. Ultimately, what is most important is what happens in the classroom every day, prekindergarten through 12th grade.”