“We are all so proud of our students for the ACT scores they achieved. The ACT not only impacts students’ college acceptance, but scores also impact the selection of courses required of students when they get to college,” Scott County High School Principal Frank Howatt congratulates students on this significant accomplishment.
Scott County students scored a composite average of 19.9 compared to 18.8 for the state. Not only was the overall score higher, Scott County students exceeded state averages in every tested area: English, Mathematics, Reading and Science. The Class of 2012 also met or exceeded the scores of their peers in Scott County in every category for the past three years. This worthy achievement is the result of years of hard work and the success results from a team effort.
“Students worked extremely hard to be ready. They were challenged by teachers who set the bar high and spent time ensuring that classroom instruction was rigorous and aligned to the appropriate standards. Administration met with every junior face to face to review previous assessments and to set ACT goals,” Howatt continued.
Ninth Grade School Principal Jason Radford agrees. “As part of a collaborative team of schools, the Ninth Grade School plays a big role in preparing students early in their high school career for the ACT. Such tests are important indicators of student success in college. We take pride in our strong working relationship with both Elkhorn Crossing School and Scott County High School as we celebrate the high achievement of Scott County students on the ACT. It is certainly a reflection of the hard work of our teachers and staff.”
All juniors enrolled at Scott County High School, Elkhorn Crossing and the Intervention Program completed the ACT. This test can sometimes provide students proof that they can be successful in college even if they have never before considered it. Taken during the school day at no cost, the testing format removes barriers while teachers and staff support and encourage students during this important assessment of individual accountability.
“We work diligently to build relationships with our students. At the Intervention Program, we feel our students performed better and worked harder on the test because of the relationships we have with them. We incorporated a lot of tutoring to build skills in areas of deficit liked reading and math. We tried to make it relevant to students, letting them know that doing well on the test could be translated into money for college or technical school. We also took care of basic needs to improve student concentration,” stated Joretta Crowe, Intervention Program Director.
Elkhorn Crossing Principal Francis O’Hara sings the praises of students. “Elkhorn Crossing juniors were extremely motivated to do their best on the ACT. They wanted the first ECS class to be known for their intellect, professionalism and creativity. The ACT is just one of the areas where they knocked it out of the park. The ECS faculty is proud of them!”
“We’re now ready to get back to work with this year’s juniors and support them to even higher success!” concludes Howatt.