Parker Williams

Parker Williams of Magnolia High School scored a perfect 36 on the September ACT.

The ACT organization has notified Magnolia High School senior Parker Williams that he has earned a composite score of 36 on the September ACT examination.

The composite score is an average score from sub-sections that include math, science, English and reading.

Williams's score of 36 is the highest score possible that can be earned on the ACT test.

Parker is the son of Lori Williams.

ACT is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people achieve education and workplace success. It is a national leader in college and career readiness, providing high-quality assessments grounded in nearly 60 years of research.

The ACT test was launched in 1959 by University of Iowa education professor E.F. Lindquist and registrar Ted McCarrel. The test broke new ground, focusing not on aptitude, but instead on academic achievement mastery of the skills and knowledge taught in schools.

Lindquist's and McCarrel's trailblazing assessment sparked a long history of ACT innovation. It was the first to define college and career readiness standards. The ACT was also the first and is still the only college entrance exam to include a science assessment.

The ACT is designed to measure the skills and knowledge taught in schools and deemed important for success in first-year college coursework. Students who take challenging courses and work hard to master the material in those courses are likely to do well on the ACT, regardless of their background or family income.

Research shows that ACT scores are highly predictive of college success, not only in terms of first-year courses, but also in terms of persistence and graduation.

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