August 28, 2014
Wakulla High School’s Senior Class of 2014 outscored their counterparts in Florida on the American College Test (ACT) in all areas tested: English, mathematics, reading, science, and the composite score. This is one of the common tests used for college entrance qualifications, including meeting requirements to take dual enrollment college courses while still in high school.
On the ACT, WHS students averaged 20.2 in English (state 18.7). In mathematics, WHS was at 20.8 (state 19.5). WHS reading scores averaged 22.4 (state 20.7). WHS science scores came in at 21.0 (state 19.1). The overall average composite score for WHS graduates was 21.2 (state 19.6).
WHS students also improved scores from the prior year’s WHS graduates in every area tested. Of exceptional note were improvements in reading averaging 22.4 over the prior year’s 20.9, and in science, improving to 21.0 from last year’s 19.8.
“The trend for our students to improve on a nationally standardized college entrance exam every year is a tribute to the hard work being done in our Wakulla public schools to graduate every student college and career ready,” stated Superintendent Bobby Pearce. “We keep looking for more ways to capture every child’s interests through more Career and Technical (Vocational) programs, more dual enrollment college courses offered on the WHS campus, and more attention to each student’s unique needs.”
The number of WHS seniors taking the ACT has increased over the past five years from 129 students in 2010 to 152 seniors in 2014, even though the number of graduates has remained similar.
More participation is partly due to WHS offering the ACT on the WHS campus twice a year instead of students having to drive to Tallahassee. Students are encouraged to take the ACT and/or the SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test) in order to broaden their options for after high school.
Students can prepare for doing well on the ACT and on other college entrance exams by taking advantage of the rigorous curricula offered at Wakulla High School such as Tallahassee Community College dual enrollment courses and Advanced Placement courses.
In addition to dual enrollment courses offered on the WHS campus or at the TCC Center in Crawfordville, distance learning equipment was purchased from the Gifted and Talented STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Scholars grant through the Panhandle Education Consortium. Wakulla High is using this equipment to offer dual enrollment STEM courses that do not have enough WHS students to offer a class. Through distance learning, the WHS students can “virtually” become part of the actual TCC class in Tallahassee while remaining on the WHS campus.
Furthermore, Advanced Placement courses are high school classes taught at a challenging college level with an internationally recognized standardized test at the end of the course. Students earn high school credits and can also earn college credits through the AP program.
Students will be better prepared to score higher on the ACT and on the SAT if they have chosen a challenging course of studies. They are encouraged to take the tests several times to improve their scores, starting in the fall of their junior year at the latest.
Wakulla High School has increased information and awareness efforts, including Parent Nights several times a year. For more information on taking the ACT or the SAT, contact the Wakulla High School Guidance Department or WHS Assistant Principal of Curriculum Sunny Chancy (email@example.com). All school counselors, Career Specialist Sarabeth Jones, and Assistant Principal Chancy are now located in the new “one stop” counseling center for student and parent convenience at 926-2221.