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June 25, 2014

MVTHS sees high test scores

MT. VERNON — Mt. Vernon Township High School had its highest ACT test scores in 13 years in 2013, with students earning an average composite score of 19.9, said Superintendent Michael Smith.

This is up from the 2012 composite score of 19.5, Smith said. Between 2001 and 2011, the scores ranged from a low of 17.9 to a high of 19.7.

These scores do not include students who were granted an extended time period to take the test due to disabilities or other issues.

Including these test takers, MVTHS’ composite score for 2013 was 19, up from the prior year’s 18.8.

“It’s a testament to the hard work of the students and also the hard work of the teachers, the staff and administration,” Smith said of the scores.

Smith delivered a detailed report on ACT scores and other indicators of student achievement at the June 18 meeting of the MVTHS Board of Education.

The report was compiled using information from the State of Illinois, ACT, Inc., and local school district records, Smith said.

According to the report, the average ACT score for the top 25 percent of MVTHS juniors was 25 last year. The average score for the top 50 percent was 22.5.

For the 2013-2014 school year, the average grade point average for the top 25 percent of seniors was 3.8, the report states. For the top 50 percent, the average GPA was 3.47.

“We feel like we’ve made some good progress in regards to the state assessment and average ACT scores,” said Principal Wes Olson. “We think it’s important for the board and the community to know that there are a lot of good things happening.”

Smith’s report also examined the success of MVTHS students who graduated in 2012, 2013, and 2014.

According to Smith, 65 percent of these students attended post-secondary education. Also, 84 percent of those attending college had a 2.5 or greater college freshman year GPA. The overall college freshman GPA for these students was 2.88, versus the state average of 2.69, Smith said.

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