The Paw's Print
The goal remains high Sunday, May 13, 2012 By Jessica Sproles
Most students consider the ACT to be one of the most important tests they will ever take. However students aren’t the only ones affected by their ACT scores. The school average of all students really reflects the school as a whole and the progress everyone has made. This year the ACT goal wasn’t quite reached, but it did increase from last year and that’s something to be proud of. “We are very happy to have maintained and even increased from last year’s score. An entire point is a lot to ask, so we’re glad to have made progress,” said assistant principal Nicole Brock. Last year the school average ACT score was about 20.2. This year it has increased several tenths of a point and gotten us even closer to the still standing goal of 21. Principal John Faulconer said “The goal will always remain high. Eventually our goal will be met.” Such progress would not be possible however, without the dedication of students and teachers alike. Students have to put forth the effort learn what’s on the test and how to take the test while teachers have to guide students through these tasks and make sure they’re provided with the information they need to succeed. With goals still set high, many of the current methods of preparation will continue to be used in the future also continuing progress. “What we’re doing now works,” said Mr. Faulconer, “ACT prep and making sure the goal is communicated not only to students, but to the community as well. If you have expectations of kids, kids will have expectations of themselves.” Practicing material for the ACT can be very useful but knowing how to take the ACT is really the key to being successful on it. With the unique timing of the ACT, these limits often prove to be the most difficult part for students. Classes such as Jackie Jewell’s Study Skills and preparation on your time can really help improve ACT scores and get our school as a whole to an even higher standard; not to mention improving individual opportunities for college and scholarships.