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ACT Scores Rise for Fourth Straight Year

District 202 posts record ACT scores, beat state and national composite scores for the first time since 2005, officials announced Monday.

Seniors at the four high schools in posted a record-high district score on the ACT college entrance exam, marking the fourth consecutive year test scores rose, district officials announced Monday.

“Congratulations to our high school students, staff and families for this tremendous achievement, school board president Roger Bonuchi said at Monday’s school board meeting. “It’s a big deal.”

The 1,726 graduating seniors from , , and high schools taking the test recorded a 21.3 composite score, up from 20.7 the year before.

The six-tenths of a percentage point increase is statistically significant because of the relatively small size of the pool of test-takers, Bonuchi said.

For the first time since 2005, this year’s composite ACT score beat both the state average of 20.9 and the national average of 21.1. The highest possible score is a 36.

The ACT test measures a student’s readiness for college and is often used in college admissions selection.

District 202 officials said the district is increasing the rigor of the curriculum, aligning curriculum with state and national learning standards and increasing the opportunity for students to take more challenging classes, such as advanced placement courses.

Still district officials said not enough students are college-ready.

The percent of students who meet college readiness benchmarks needs to improve, Glenn Wood, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, said in a statement.

This year, 25 percent of District 202 students met the benchmark in all four subjects (reading, math, English and science), which is the same as the state, according to district data.

In individual subjects, 68 percent met the benchmark for college English, compared to 65 percent statewide; 49 percent met benchmarks for college algebra, versus 44 percent statewide; and 30 percent met benchmarks for College Biology, equal to the statewide percentage. The benchmark score is a prediction of how well the students will do in that subject in college.

As a district, students increased their scores in reading, math, English and science, and exceeded the state average in all four subjects. The district exceeded the national average in math, English and science.

Plainfield North High School set a district-high score of 22.4 on its composite ACT score, up from a 19 in 2007.

Plainfield East High School recorded the greatest one-year increase from last year, up from a 19.6 in 2011 to a 20.5 in 2012.

Plainfield South High School posted a composite score of 20.9, which is an increase from 19.2 in 2005.

Plainfield Central High School’s score of 21.3 is equal to the district average and has been increasing gradually since 2008 when students scored a 19.3.

MARSELLA MARTINEZ September 11, 2012 at 09:52 PM
KEN, ANYONE THAT READS YOUR COMMENTS ABOUT LOW INCOME STUDENTS CAN TELL ITS DRIPPING WITH RACISM. YOU STILL NOT HAVE NOT ANSWERED THE QUESTION AS TO WHY THE ACT TEST SCORES FROM 10 YEARS AGO WHEN THERE WAS LESS LOW INCOME STUDENTS AND HARDLY ANY TRUANCY OR MOBILITY PROBLEMS.
Ken September 11, 2012 at 10:08 PM
Marsella, That is your assumption. I never once mentioned race. The facts remain that there are many factors (including income, attendance...) that are beyond the control of teachers. Are you saying that all of the studies that have been done showing the correlation between income, attendance and test scores are wrong? Can you provide a link to the data that you're referring to from 10 years ago? I'd love to look it over.
BHS Dad September 11, 2012 at 11:55 PM
If you take a look at the Illinois report card for BHS and click on the tab ~ Trends - Achievement Gap, you will be able to see the last 10 years of reports comparing any groups on any subject: White / Black White / Hispanic Black / Hispanic Low income / Non low income Male / Female IEP / Non IEP Sadly, none of the groups are excelling on any subject currently or in the past. There is a huge gap between whites and minorities and low income and non low income students. :( I point the incompetence finger at the school district and its administrators.
my opinion September 25, 2012 at 03:32 PM
It’s not about race. Go to Tennessee, the Appalachian mountain area, you will find the same stats for their low income kids who are predominantly white. Why don’t we break it down this way? Let’s see how students do that come from homes that have….. Two parents in the home Single parent (divorced) Single parent (never married) Single parent (teenage mom) Not living with parents One or both parents with graduate degree(s) Both parents with college degrees One parent with college degree Both parents – high school graduates One parent – high school graduate Parents never graduated from high school Both parents speak and read English One parent speaks and reads English Parents don’t read English Parents don’t speak or read English Child comes to school with a full stomach Child comes to school hungry Do you think these numbers would tell a tale? There are so many other factors to learning than just the teachers. Parents play a key roll in how a student performs. And NO, this does not mean that all kids can’t learn just that there are many obstacles. If a child doesn’t have a support system at home it makes it difficult for a child to succeed. A great teacher can make a huge difference in the life of a child, but the teacher can’t do it all by themselves they need the help of the parents.
kc May 24, 2014 at 06:55 AM
I just came across this. I'm shocked by the comments. Not every low income family goes with out caring about education, not every high income family spends the time and energy with their children like some low income families do . Its not a race thing either. My family is mixed, we do not have college diplomas, we are young in comparison, low income and refuse to get aid. We choose to work our butts off for our family. Our children ranked in the top 100 of their graduating classes and went on to top notch universities with full scholarships. Ken needs to get his facts straight because its district 202 not 203. Also it does not matter where or how often you move, education starts and ends at home. Parenting is the #1 key, followed by school attendance. and parents following through. Teachers are not babysitters and should be respected. As for Rville and BB, that is the problem of Rville and BB. To many people not giving a damn and blaming everybody else. YOU need to step up as a parent. You want your child to do better,you do better. Teach by example in your own home before you expect some one else to right your wrongs. DO NOT insult PSD 202 because your school and district are failing! Do not use income as an excuse, do something about it! I know at least 300 households in PSD 202 and in ALL of them someone is working a second job, or doing side jobs.and/or their kids have jobs to support their house and help fund their activities.Most PSD 202 kids don't live on easy street, they have a goal to be successful. even the ones that can, their parents want them to work and struggle so they can make their way from the bottom, just like they did. So they appreciate and have pride in their accomplishments. Before you judge the households in PSD 202 you should know the facts.

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