Archive for Thursday, August 16, 2007

District ACT scores climb

August 16, 2007

Students in Eudora USD 491 beat the state average and earned a five-year high mark on the ACT exam.

Results from the 2007 testing cycle released Wednesday show district students scored an average composite score of 22 out of 36 possible points on the preparatory college exam. The Kansas state average composite score this year was 21.9

The total is up from last year's composite score of 21.6.

Eudora High School counselor Paul Walrod attributed the jump in scoring to an overall focus by the district to emphasize the importance of the tests.

"Kids have become more aware of that and the ACT then has become something they have been preparing for better and sooner," Walrod said.

The district also had a record number students participate last year. The rate spiked to 77 students participating this year up from 48 students the previous year.

"We're trying to give every student the opportunity to prepare for their future and not just focus on a certain student," Walrod said.

In addition to topping the overall state average, the district achieved higher than average scores in math and reading. The district tied the state average in English.

The district's average scores have increased each of the last five years.

District officials use test results from the ACT test to see which students are prepared for college-level work. The scores also reflect the achievement of graduates over time.

Students take separate curriculum-based tests used to gauge educational development in English, math, reading and science.

The composite average takes all of the students' scores, including scores from students who took the test multiple times.

The district uses the tests as well as career and technical education programs to prepare students for the next level after high school, assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction Don Grosdidier said in a statement released by the district.

"We have every expectation that this year's senior class is going to go in and follow that up and be around the same score if not better," Grosdidier said.

District officials were pleased to hear the news, Walrod said.

"I'm proud of the students effort over the last few years," Walrod said. "When it comes down to it, they have to be ready to meet the challenge."

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