Owen schools get high marks for college readiness

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By Molly Haines

The overall percent of Owen County students meeting college readiness benchmarks in some subjects of the ACT college entrance exam is at an all time high, local officials said.
According to a press release from Director of Instruction, Federal Programs and Professional Development Danny Osborne, Owen County juniors who took the ACT college entrance exam in 2011-2012 scored an average composite score of 18.3.
“While that is a 0.3 point decrease from last year’s score, it is a 1.2 point increase over the last biennium and the overall percent of students meeting college readiness benchmarks in English, mathematics and reading is at an all-time high for OCHS.”
The ACT evaluates student performance in English, mathematics, reading and science. The test is used by the Kentucky Council of Post-secondary Education to assess students’ college readiness.
The CPE’s benchmarks are 20 for reading, 18 for English and 19 for math.
OCHS 2011-2012 juniors had 41.2 at or above a 20 in reading, 47.8 percent score at or above an 18 in English and 34.6 percent score at or above a 19 in mathematics, each of which were all time highs for OCHS.
Owen County High School Principal Duane Kline said teachers and staff will continue to work with students to help them perform will on college entrance exams.
“Getting students to see the relevance of everything they do in high school is crucial,” Kline said. “And we’ll continue to work on helping students perform well on these important tests that measure their college and career readiness.”
According to the release, OCHS has demonstrated a steady advancement in its percent of juniors meeting ACT college readiness benchmarks in each of the four assessed areas over the last three years, a trend that is expected to continue.
Osborne said he credits the continued growth with high quality instruction from OCHS faculty, an increase in awareness and effort on behalf of OCHS students and a continued focus on the newly implemented Common Core and College Readiness Standards, and predicts that the scores will continue to rise.
“This data speaks volumes to the commitment our teachers and leaders have made to prepare all our students to graduate college and career ready,” Owen County School District Superintendent David Raleigh said. “I’m also very proud of the hard work and demonstrated by last year’s junior class. I challenge this year’s juniors to perform even better.”
According to the release, scores are volatile and subject to vary annually as a result of comparing different groups of students with differing strengths and needs.