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November 6, 2013

MVTHS has gains, losses

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Currently, school officials are working to develop a structure whereby individual students can improve their performance, Pipher said.

“Growth is always our goal,” Pipher said.

The School Report Card data is released annually by the Illinois State Board of Education.

According to Smith, school officials will make a special presentation on the data at the next MVTHS Board of Education meeting Nov. 19.

The PSAE includes the ACT test, a WorkKeys exam and a state-developed science test.

Last month, MVTHS officials released information on just the ACT portion of the PSAE, where the district achieved some gains in 2012-2013.

MVTHS students had an average composite score of 19 on the ACT exams this past spring, up from the previous year's score of 18.8.

According to the School Report Card, 41 percent of MVTHS students met or exceeded college readiness standards on the ACT in 2012-2013. This is up from the prior year's 38 percent, but below the state average of 46 percent.

“We actually exceeded our ACT goal,” Smith said.

Also in 2012-2013, the average class size at MVTHS was 16 and the school had a total enrollment of 1,284, the School Report Card states.

Student attendance remained at 94 percent that year, the same as in 2011-2012 and equal to the state average.

In addition, the district's chronic truancy rate fell from 8 percent to 4 percent in 2012-2013. This total is also below the state average of 10 percent.

All of the School Report Card data on MVTHS can be viewed at www.illinoisreportcard.com.

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