Tuesday, September 4, 2012
D158 Raises College Readiness Score, D300, Too
D158's average composite 2011-12 score rose .4 dimensionless points to 22.5 from the previous year. (The highest possible score on the test is 36.) That was 1.6 points better than the state average and 1.4 points better than the national average.
The latter margin is the more remarkable one since Illinois is one of a minority of states that require all high school juniors to take the ACT test, even if they plan careers in truck driving or cosmetology. In forty other states the test is voluntary, so the national average relates more to kids taking college prep courses than to high schoolers in general.
District 300 also saw a big increase in its composite score according to information provided at last week's Board of Education meeting. D300's average composite rose .9 points from last year to 21.0 just beating the state average by .1 points. Jacobs High School's score was 22.7, 1.8 points better than the state average, but Dundee-Crown's was 19.4, 1.5 below it. Hampshire High scored 21.4, .5 above the state average.
Chad Franzen, son of David and Linda Franzen, and Isaac Frankel, son of Roddy and Hong Frankel, both seniors at Jacobs this year, earned a top composite score of 36 on last year's ACT, D300 officials announced today. Nationally, of test takers in the 2011 graduating class, only 704 of more than 1.6 million students earned a 36.
Huntley High exceeded the state average in all four ACT-tested areas, English Composition, Algebra, Social Science and Biology. A sort of addendum to D158's report reached the stunning conclusion that kids who'd taken more science and math courses tended to score better in the ACT science and math tests.
ACT's are administered as part of Illinois' Prairie State Achievement Test each Spring.
In the pic: The ACT chart for D158 this year.