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ELC students do well on ACT exams

By Staff | Sep 3, 2009


Forty-five ELC students took the ACT exams during the 2008-09 school year. The ACT consists of curriculum-based tests of educational development in English, mathematics, reading, and science designed to measure the skills needed for success in first year college coursework.

ELC students scored above the state average in math and science as well as in the overall composite areas. They scored slightly below the state average in English and reading.

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Frank Christenson, high school principal at ELC, was happy with the results in the math and science areas and pointed out that the district is very aware of the need to improve in the areas of English and reading.

“We are not only concentrating on the language arts at the high school level but on a district-wide basis. We know that reading is the foundation for success in all other areas. As we improve students’ reading ability we should see scores in that area improve and they should do even better on the math and science portions of the exam.”

In addition, the ACT exams also gauge whether students are ready for college-level coursework. It is hoped that all students who wish to obtain further education are prepared academically to do so regardless of what career they choose to pursue. ACT has established benchmark scores that are for designated college coursework. In English Composition the benchmark score on ACT is 18. For algebra the score is 22 on the ACT. For social science it is 21 and for science the benchmark ACT score is 24. According to those scores, the percentages of students who took the ACT that are prepared for college level coursework are noted in the following chart:

Again, Christenson was optimistic about the potential for success of ELC students who go on to attend college at any level.

“While there is room for improvement in all areas, we are confident that when our students focus on their school work, they are as prepared as well, if not better, than most of their peers across the state, to be successful at the college level.”