Overall composite scores reached a three year high in the Sparta Area School District for the graduates from the class of 2012 who took the ACT college admissions test while in high school. There were 88 students or 55 percent of the graduating class of 162 students that took the exam.
Since 2010, the district’s ACT composite score has climbed two-tenths of a point to 21.9. In 2011, Wisconsin’s ACT composite score was down one-tenth of a point from last year to 22.1.
"SHS's composite ACT score has continued to increase over the past three years. This year specifically we had an increase in our mathematics and reading scores compared to last year when the State as a whole had a decrease. SHS's dedicated staff will continue its commitment to common collaboration/planning time, assessments, emphasis on post-secondary readiness, and a whole school commitment to increase each student's mathematics and reading in order to improve our students' scores," Principal Sam Russ said.
"I am pleased that we continue to make progress in improving student performance on the ACT exam but recognize that our composite score remains below the state average. We are committed to making up this gap and will not be satisfied until our ACT scores properly reflect our dedication to high standards," Superintendent John Hendricks said.
Sparta Area School District student scores improved or stayed the same in English (21.0), mathematics (22.3) and reading (21.7). Science scores dipped three-tenths of a point to 22.0. Wisconsin averages in the same subjects are English (21.5), mathematics (22.0), reading (22.1), and science (22.1).
Director of Instruction Tom Steward said the increased percentage of students taking the exam and consistent scores in specific content areas reflects well on the district . “Our students are constantly improving which in turn reflects on the improved rigor and relevance of what is being taught to our students,” Steward said. "We will keep working to increase student achievement in all academic areas while encouraging students to take the college entrance exam."