Post by title1parent on Aug 17, 2011 18:46:46 GMT -5
District 204 Achieves Record ACT Score
The recently released ACT scores show Indian Prairie School District 204 students achieved a new district record. While the district has achieved all-time highs in its ACT score in four of the past five years, this year’s gain of 0.6 is the largest increase the district has ever earned in a single year. Results show District 204's average composite score grew from 23.9 to 24.5 over the past year. The average Illinois increase was 0.2 and the national increase was only 0.1. District 204 students' scores have been climbing over the past 5 years. Since 2006, the district's scores have increased by 1.3. This increase more than triples the 5-year average state growth of 0.4. During the same 5-year period, the national scores decreased by 0.1. "We're thrilled with the growth we are seeing on our students' ACT scores," said Superintendent Kathy Birkett. "The scores reflect not only the hard work of our students, but the work of our teachers at all grade levels, including the middle school level, where teachers have focused on the Explore test, which directly prepares students for the ACT." Nine years ago, Illinois became the first state to require all high school juniors, not just those who planned to attend college, to take the ACT as part of the Prairie State Achievement Examination. The ACT consists of curriculum-based tests in English, mathematics, reading and science, designed to measure the skills needed for success in first-year college coursework. The test is scored on a 36 point scale.
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