Cassville juniors beat state averages on ACT test
Test provides snapshot of college readiness
ACT test results from the 2014-2015 school year for Cassville juniors are in, and the Cassville school district is proud to report the results.
According to Jill LeCompte, Cassville school district assistant superintendent, 10 percent of the juniors met all four college readiness benchmark scores, which is higher than the state average. A benchmark score assists in determining a student's readiness for college coursework. Colleges use the benchmark scores as one of many sets of criteria for admission or as a foundation for determining course placement.
"Our 10 percent is above the state average, and just because a student doesn't score in that range, does not necessarily mean he/she is not college career ready," she said. "The ACT is just a snapshot in the educational journey of a student. Many students will take the test again as seniors [on their own] and that percentage or readiness will increase. Our scores are very similar to those of the Big 8 Schools."
The ACT test evaluates students in English, Algebra, Social Science and Biology. This was the first year the Missouri Board of Education required juniors to take the test, however the district has always encouraged juniors to take the ACT as juniors, as again, as seniors.
LeCompte said Cassville juniors performed better than their counterparts statewide.
"We are proud of our kids," said LeCompte. "We knew our kids would be up for the challenge and would perform well, but we were thrilled when we received the results. Cassville students performed above the statewide average in College English Composition and College Social Science. Fifty-five percent of CHS juniors met the benchmark in English Composition while 53 percent of students statewide met this benchmark. Thirty-four percent of students across the state met the Social Science benchmark, however, 35 percent of our students were able to meet this benchmark."
The ACT test will be administered to the 2015-2016 junior class this spring. The test can be taken electronically, but until issues with the online format are worked out, the district will continue administering the test via the paper method to ensure students get the best scores possible.
"Examinees must take the entire battery of tests within the same day," LeCompte said. "We are going to wait to take the ACT electronically until the 2016-2017 school year. Our students are comfortable using technology, but there have been several issues with the online format. Staff feels that we don't want to risk the kids' scores if the ACT online format isn't flawless."