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Emporia High Students Improve ACT Scores

Aug 26, 2015 | District News Release

Principal Britton Hart

Principal Britton Hart

Results of ACT tests taken by Emporia High School students last year show improvements in all subject areas as well as an increase in students’ college readiness.

“It is exciting to share great news about our students’ success this past year with ACT,” Principal Britton Hart said. “EHS students increased their performance in every content category and in the overall composite score.”

Hart told his staff this week he appreciated the hard work they put into helping prepare juniors for the exam.

“I want to thank all the students who took the test and spent a tremendous amount of time preparing for the test.  I would also like to thank our EHS staff for all they do to prepare each student to be college and career ready and have the skills necessary to have a high level of success on the ACT test,” he said.

EHS offers an ACT Prep semester elective course for sophomores, juniors and seniors that prepares students for the rigor of college testing.

 “This was the first year EHS had a ACT preparatory class for students who desired to get a head start in their preparation for the test,” he said. “Mrs. Thomas, an English teacher, and Mr. Smithhisler, a math teacher, led the charge in the creation and delivery for the class.”

The ACT College Readiness Report was released today for schools across the country. Principals and teachers use the report as one indicator of how well students will do in college level English, algebra, social science and biology.

The ACT is a common exam used for college entrance and the company has established benchmark scores for designated college courses. A benchmark score is the minimum score needed on the ACT test to indicate a 50 percent chance of obtaining a B or higher or a 75 percent chance of obtaining a C or higher in the corresponding college courses.

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