As mandated by the Kentucky General Assembly (KRS 158.6453), in March of each year, public high school juniors across the Commonwealth participate in the ACT exam. The exam, which makes up part of a high school’s accountability scores, is taken by over 50,000 high school juniors each year. This year, the composite score for Rowan County Senior High School’s Class of 2017, which was 19.9, outpaced the composite score of 19.7 for all Kentucky public high school graduates in the Class of 2017.
The ACT, or American College Testing, is one of the most widely accepted college entrance exams and is often used in high schools to determine a student’s readiness for college. The ACT exam, whose cost is paid for by state funds, assesses English, reading, mathematics and science and is scored on a scale of 1 to 36.
Kentucky’s Unbridled Learning accountability model includes a college/career readiness component, through which schools and districts will be held accountable for the percentage of students who are considered ready for college and/or careers. The college-ready indicator includes the percentage of students who met the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) Systemwide Benchmarks for reading, English, science and mathematics on any administration of the ACT.
The high school outpaced the state in several of the assessed areas. RCSHS Class of 2017 increased its Reading score by moving from 20.5 (2016) to 20.9, outpacing the state score of 20.2. The state score for English for the Class of 2017 remained steady at 19.2 while English score for RCSHS Class of 2017 increased to 19.6, again outpacing the state score. The high school also demonstrated an increase in the area of Science, increasing from 19.7 (2016) to 20.2. The school’s Science score also outpaced the state score, which, for the Class of 2017, was 19.8.
“Through collaborative efforts of all our faculty and staff, Rowan County Senior High School continues to show improvements on ACT data. The Class of 2017 graduated with the highest overall composite of any other class in the past five years and exceeded the composite score for Kentucky’s public high school graduates,” said Dr. Ray Ginter, principal of Rowan County Senior High School. “As a whole, we are looking to continuously improve our benchmark data through progress monitoring, individual student goal setting, and data teaming.”
Superintendent Marvin Moore was also pleased with the high school’s ACT scores, saying, “Since 2010, when the state mandated that all high school juniors take the ACT as part of our accountability system, we have seen growth in many of the curriculum areas that are tested as well as in our composite score. While we want to continue to see this growth, we also know that testing is only one measure of what our students are really learning. The faculty and staff at Rowan County Senior High School are demonstrating that they are working hard to encourage our students to strive to achieve their full potential, becoming college and career ready.”
For more information about the ACT scores, please contact Denine Sergent or Kate Thacker, guidance counselors at Rowan County Senior High School, at 784-8928.