October 19, 2018
Wakulla High School’s Senior Class of 2018 outscored their counterparts in Florida on the American College Test (ACT) in every area: English, Mathematics, Reading, Science, and on the composite score.
In addition, scores improved in every area over the last five years of WHS scores. “Putting more programs in place for WHS students to improve their scores is paying off. These scores are not only important for getting into college, they also help students earn scholarships, plus show us where we can improve our curriculum,” says Director of Instructional Services Sunny Chancy.
Adds Superintendent Bobby Pearce, “The trend data for Wakulla is comparable because approximately the same number of WHS students take the ACT every year. All students are encouraged to take the ACT and/or the SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test) regardless of their academic standing, so this is not just a reflection of students with ‘A or B’ grade point averages.”
The ACT is one of the common national tests taken for college entrance qualifications, including meeting requirements to take Dual Enrollment college courses while still in high school. It is also one of the tests used for determining eligibility for Florida Bright Futures scholarships.
On the ACT, WHS 2018 graduates averaged 21 in English (state average 19.2). In Mathematics, WHS scored 20.9 (state 19.3).
WHS Reading scores averaged 23.3 (state 21.1). WHS Science scores came in at 21.8 (state 19.5).
The overall average composite score for WHS 2018 graduates was 21.9 (state 19.9).
ACT personnel have done research with colleges nationwide to establish benchmark scores that are a valid prediction of whether or not students will pass a college course in that subject. In all four areas tested, Wakulla students exceeded the state average scores predicting passing grades in College English, College Algebra, College Social Science, College Biology and in the composite score of all four subjects.
“It’s important that the trend continues for our students to exceed the state averages from year to year in all areas of a nationally standardized college entrance exam. We want them to graduate from WHS both college and career ready so that a variety of pathways are open to them. Plus, improving our Wakulla scores each year is always our goal,” states Superintendent Pearce.
WHS offers the ACT on the WHS campus in lieu of students having to drive to Tallahassee to take it in an unfamiliar setting. The SAT will be offered at WHS during the second semester. Students are encouraged to take the ACT and/or the SAT in order to broaden their options for after high school.
They 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 Advanced Placement courses and college Dual Enrollment courses from Tallahassee Community College and Florida State University at no cost to parents.
“Students are encouraged to take the ACT and the SAT several times to improve their scores, starting in the fall of their junior year at the latest,” notes WHS Principal Mike Barwick. “If they can’t afford the testing fees, they can talk to the Student Services Department personnel about fee waiver criteria.”
Wakulla High School continues to increase college and career information dissemination efforts, including hosting a College and Career Fair plus Parent Nights for questions and answers.
For more information on taking the ACT or the SAT, contact WHS Assistant Principal of Student Services Priscilla Tucker at 850-926-2221 firstname.lastname@example.org or district-wide Director of Instructional Services Sunny Chancy at email@example.com.