The composite ACT score for Metro Schools rose to 18.4 in 2012 from 18.1 in 2011, slightly outpacing statewide gains as the average composite score for Tennessee schools rose to 19.7 in 2012 from 19.5 in 2011.
“We are working toward a minimum composite ACT score of 21 for the district,” said Jay Steele associate superintendent for high schools. A composite score of at least 21 qualifies students for Tennessee’s HOPE scholarship.
“High school scores in reading, math and writing are up and now ACT is up. We have a district-wide ACT prep plan and I expect even greater gains this year,” added Steele. “We are heading in the right direction.”
The district conducted three pilot projects to assess ways to supports students taking the state-mandated ACT. Hillwood High School’s model was selected as the district’s approach for 2012. It includes professional development for teachers, increasing instructional rigor consistent with the Common Core Standards, providing counseling for students and setting high expectations, and measuring and evaluating progress.
Hillwood High School is helping juniors get ready for the ACT! For two weeks, Feb. 25 - March 15, the school will host a free, after-school ACT Prep Class. Classes will be held Monday - Thursday, from 2:30 - 4 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 4, the YMCA Latino Achievers Club at Antioch High School hosted its second annual ACT preparation workshop, welcoming 25 Antioch students as well as 15 students from Glencliff, Overton, Cane Ridge, and Nashville School of the Arts. More than two dozen college students from Vanderbilt University and other local universities volunteered their time and expertise for the workshop, providing one-on-one and two-on-one tutoring in five break-out sessions for each of the ACT subject areas (mathematics, reading, science, and English) as well as a session on study skills. Students left with the practical skills and confidence they need to be successful taking the ACT.