ACT test scores for all five area school high schools have shown improvement during the last year, according to test data released by the schools.
The ACT was administered to high school juniors in the spring of 2012. The Kentucky General Assembly began requiring all high school juniors to take the test in 2006. The test assesses English, reading, math and science and is scored on a scale of one to 36.
Of the five area high schools, Glasgow and Metcalfe County high schools improved their composite scores by 1.1 points.
Glasgow’s composite score increased from 18.4 in 2011 to 19.5 this year.
The school also showed improvement in all subject areas, with the biggest increases being in English, reading and science.
Keith Hale, Glasgow’s principal, attributed the improvement to an added emphasis on rigor and relevance.
“Our staff has turned it up a notch and our students are meeting that challenge head on,” he said. “We are taking the time to look at each child, identify gaps, set goals and ensure they meet those goals.”
Hale continued that Glasgow’s faculty expects every student to be college/career ready, but also to graduate at least 25 students with a composite average of 30 or above and another 25 students with at least a composite average of 28 or higher.
“Setting these types of goals is what moved us 1.1 points this last year with our seniors and this type of goals is what will make a top five school in the state,” he said.
Metcalfe County’s composite score increased from 18.9 in 2011 to 20 this year.
The school also increased its scores in every subject area, with the most improvement shown in math and reading.
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