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ACT Scores Show Continuous Improvement

Each year the ACT is used to establish a comparative benchmark which assesses student readiness for college. Scott County students, who took the test as juniors in March 2012, scored among the top 12% in Kentucky. Scott County Schools had the 13th highest ACT composite score as reported by the Kentucky Department of Education. This leaves our district much to celebrate.
Scott County juniors scored a composite average of 20.2 compared to 19.0 for the state. This score also indicates an increase from 19.9 achieved by Scott County students who took the ACT as juniors in 2011. Not only was the overall score higher, but students exceeded state averages in every tested area: English, Mathematics, Reading and Science. This worthy achievement is the result of years of hard work. 
Superintendent Patricia Putty expresses her appreciation, “I am extremely proud of our students and their continued improvement on the ACT.  This is a celebration for not only students taking the test but for all preschool – 12th grade teachers who dedicate themselves to providing a strong foundation for student achievement. The ACT is a standard to measure college-career readiness.  It is reassuring to know that, as a district, we are making great strides to ensure all students attain this benchmark.  I want to say congratulations to students on a job well done.”
Scott County students have shown consistent improvement on the ACT over the past four years. This is a reflection of the rigor and relevance of the education provided to students in grades P-12, according to Director of Secondary Curriculum Chip Southworth who applauds the contribution of teachers across the district.
Scott County High School Principal Frank Howatt sees a correlation between improved scores on the ACT and a concerted effort on the part of teachers to help students achieve mastery on common core standards. “Each department has a clear plan on how to support learning objectives. This score is a reflection of success with the new curriculum,” Howatt continues.
Michelle Nichols, Principal of Elkhorn Crossing School, agrees. “Teachers do an excellent job collaborating both within individual departments at Elkhorn Crossing and with colleagues at Scott County High School. The village concept at ECS impacts student learning as students see relevance between all subject areas as a result of cross-content collaboration.”
A team of administrators from Scott County High School, Elkhorn Crossing and Cardinal Academy also worked with juniors during small group sessions last year in preparation for the ACT. As a result, students had a better understanding of the test format which created a more comfortable testing environment for the entire junior class who took the test free of charge. Students learned the significance of the ACT on college acceptance, preparation for college coursework and earning scholarships. They were also able to set individual goals and took this responsibility very seriously.
“Students see the relevance of the ACT and know how it applies to what they want to do in the future. They know how important it is to prepare for college and careers after high school,” comments Joretta Crowe, Director of Cardinal Academy. Crowe also contributes improved scores to personal connections made with students.
Ninth Grade School Principal Dwayne Ellison helped students set individual goals last year in his role of Assistant Principal at Scott County High School, “I am very proud of our students, teachers and parents. It takes a huge team effort to have this type of continuous improvement.  I love the attitude our students have as they leave my office after setting goals.”
While ACT results were released only today, work continues to prepare Scott County students not only for the ACT but for college and careers. At Elkhorn Crossing, prep questions are embedded in weekly coursework. English departments at both campuses will work together to provide a full review session this year. All high school administrators will continue to monitor student learning and assist with goal setting. To see the full report and analysis of ACT test results visit: http://www.education.ky.gov.

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