Batesville High School students who took the 2012-13 ACT college entrance exams exceeded both the state and national average.Dr. Jim Roberts, Superintendent of Batesville Schools, presented the results to board members during the monthly school board meeting on Monday.Batesville students overall had a composite ACT score of 23.3. The state average was 21.9; the average of students nationwide was 20.9The ACT test offers four multiple choice sections: English, Math, Science, and Reading. Batesville exceeded the state and federal average in each category.In college math, 2013 Batesville graduates who took the ACT scored 24.9 which topped the state average by 2.4 points.In the area of college English, Batesville students were above the state average by 2.2 points; in college reading, Batesville was 1.4 points above average; and in college science, students surpassed the state average by 0.7 points.“We have really good students and parents who care. They believe their kids are going to go off and be successful,” Superintendent Roberts said.Student success in the college entrance exams can also be attributed to what goes on in the classroom, according to Dr. Roberts.“We have great educators, teachers in our system are strong.”The majority of Batesville students who take a college entrance exam still prefer the SAT. However, the number of ACT participants at Batesville is growing. Dr. Roberts indicated that about one-third of test-takers in 2012-13 took the ACT.While both tests are accepted by colleges across the country, the ACT may be the preferred choice if a student is considering an out-of-state school.