Edmond area students brought in top scores on ACT tests given last spring.

“The 2009 ACT composites released position our Edmond high schools among the elite in Oklahoma,” said Superintendent David Goin. “Among 6A comprehensive high schools, Edmond schools accounted for three of the top six standings (North No. 1, Memorial No. 2 and Santa Fe No. 6).”

The 2009 scores rank the highest for the past five years, Goin said.

Five-year results as a school district are: 23.1 in 2005; 23.2 in 2006; 22.9 in 2007; 23.3 in 2008; and 23.5 in 2009.

“Certainly we are very proud of our students’ academic accomplishments,” Goin said.

Of the 482 schools that tested at least five students, the top 12 Oklahoma high schools by ACT composite score, with the number of students from the class of 2009 who took the exam, included all three Edmond high schools as well as Deer Creek High School.

The following information includes the school, the number of students taking the ACT test and the average score:

• Oklahoma School of Science and Math, (60), 31.9;

• Classen School of Advanced Studies, Oklahoma City, (108), 24.5;

• Edmond North High School, (381), 23.7;

• Edmond Memorial High School, (369), 23.6;

• Jenks High School, (542), 23.6;

• Norman North High School, (284), 23.5;

• Okarche High School, (20), 23.4;

• Stillwater High School, (264), 23.3;

• Boise City High School, (11), 23.2;

• Edmond Santa Fe High School, (327), 23.2;

• Norman High School, (279), 23.2; and

• Deer Creek High School, (158), 23.

According to information released by the State Department of Education, the average ACT college-entrance exam score for Oklahoma and the nation remained unchanged for 2009 from 2008.

The report showed even though Oklahoma posted gains in math and science in 2009, its average composite score remains 20.7; the nation’s average score is still 21.1. During the past five years, Oklahoma has improved its composite score by 0.3; the nation’s has improved by 0.2. The ACT is graded on a scale from 0-36.

Oklahoma’s average science score for 2009 increased from 20.4 to 20.5, and it improved from 19.8 in math to 19.9. Nationally, science improved by the same margin but national math performance was flat in 2009, the report showed.

The report went on to state Oklahoma’s reading and English scores remained the same from the previous year as did the national scores. Oklahoma’s reading score (21.4) equals the national average and its English score (20.5) is just one-tenth of a point from the national average (20.6).

“This is noteworthy because participation rates impact large-scale assessment scores,” State Superintendent Sandy Garrett said. “A much higher percentage of students in Oklahoma’s Class of 2009 took the ACT (71 percent) as compared to the national average (45 percent).”

Garrett said Oklahoma’s ACT results are in line with the state’s high school End-of-Instruction scores, and both highlight important facts about college readiness.

“College remediation rates are based on ACT scores and ACT scores mirror our EOI scores,” Garrett said. “What these scores tell us is that rigor is lacking in some schools, and too many students are not making the most of the four years they are given in high school. In 2009, completion of four years of rigorous core courses is a prerequisite to college and work readiness.”

Students taking advantage of every academic opportunity while still in high school make more economic sense for parents, she added. If high school students fail to get enough core instruction and need college remediation, their parents will have to pay for zero credit, college remediation courses.

She encouraged parents and school leaders to consider enrollment patterns in core subjects, and to compare grades given in core courses to their high schools’ average ACT and EOI scores in the same subjects.

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