Wednesday, August 24, 2011

August 25, 2011

ACT test results were recently released by ACT to school districts and states all over the nation. Unfortunately, as a whole, ACT results for the Class of 2011 across the nation were disappointing with national rates only increasing from 21.0 to 21.1 (0.47%). As a whole Mississippi results fell from 18.8 to 18.7 and Tennessee rates fell from 20.9 to 20.7. Although we are not privy to local results, recent newspaper articles have indicated that local scores are down as well.

On the other hand for the Magnolia Heights Class of 2011, average ACT test results showed a significant increase, rising from 20.7 to 23.5, an increase of 2.8 points (13.5%), in one year. This is a direct result of the hard work of our faculty and our ACT test prep initiative implemented three years ago. Not only have we seen our top scores rise, but we are also seeing our mid and lower quartile scores rise as well. While the top scores of 34 and 33 from our students in the Class of 2011 were truly outstanding, we also saw those students who previously scored in the 20-21 range boost their scores to the 25-27 range, easily qualifying for thousands of scholarship dollars. The Class of 2012 shows even more promise with a top score of 35 already obtained.

This is further evidence of the extraordinary faculty members we are blessed to have at Magnolia Heights and their commitment to achieving our children’s academic promise.