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2013 HCS, State, National ACT Scores Released

[See tables below]

23-Aug-13 (HCS)– Each summer, our school system receives official notification of ACT scores from the most recent graduating class.  While still above state and national averages, our scores have dipped slightly after enjoying several consecutive years of steady growth.  

“I’m always disappointed when I see scores that are lower than we expected, especially after five straight years of steady growth.  But after twenty-five years in the business of education, I’ve learned that real human beings are complex and don’t always respond in ways that we expect; therefore results aren’t always what we hope for or expect.  It is always prudent to consider multiple data sources, and I’m encouraged when I look back and see that the 48% of the class of 2013 were offered scholarships totaling $55 million,” Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, Dr. Ron Dodson, said.

Hoover High School’s ACT average for 2013 is 22.7 (23.4 in 2012) and Spain Park High School’s ACT average for 2013 is 23.9 (24.1 in 2012).  The District average is 23.2 (23.6 in 2012) [see table below].  The average ACT composite score nationally is 20.9 (21.1 in 2012).  For all Alabama schools, the average is 20.4 in 2013.  [Click here for the ACT Alabama Profile.  Click here to see how Alabama compares to the other 49 states].

The ACT exam measures college and career readiness for students who indicate they are college-bound.  Four areas are tested:  English, Reading, Mathematics and Science.  ACT annually produces a report, The Condition of College and Career Readiness, which details student performance in these college readiness areas.  The ACT college and career readiness standards were embedded in HCS high school curricula five years ago and serve as a major component of the state’s new college and career readiness standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics in grades 3 through 12.  As each graduating class leaves, Hoover City Schools’ Curriculum and Instruction Department tracks alumni collegiate success.  The department receives detailed feedback reports from the University of Alabama and Auburn University each year, in addition to limited feedback from other select institutions.  This data helps the system continually tweak/adjust ways in which the standards are taught. 

“Drilling down to more detailed data will help us unpack the rest of the story.  Our high schools have proven strategies in place,” Superintendent Mr. Andy Craig said.  “We know that these particular strategies have led us to success in the past, and we will continue to search for new ways to help students meet college and career ready benchmarks.  Educators and administrators at both of our high schools work very hard on this front each and every day.”

“The Board of Education supports the district administrators with regard to strategies already in place, which are designed to assist students with the ACT and other important assessments. We will work to provide any resources needed to maintain Hoover City Schools’ incredible instructional practices,” Board of Education president, Mrs. Paulette Pearson, said. 

HCS high school principals praise the proven district strategies implemented annually which address the testing needs of individual students. 

“Although our averages did not show an increase this year, we are pleased that all of our student test scores are reflected in the average score for the senior class of 2013 instead of a select population. HCS is fully committed to preparing our students for college and career readiness and plans to implement additional opportunities for test preparation during the 2013-2014 school year. Currently, there are at least 56 students from the HHS Class of 2014 who have scored a 30 or above on the ACT,” Hoover High School Principal, Mr. Don Hulin, said. 

“Our students are prepared to take the ACT earlier than most students at the national level due to our excellent curricular structure and delivery of instruction by our classroom teachers.  Our teachers are well versed in ACT content and thoroughly cover content.  Knowing that the ACT is a standardized test designed to measure a relative expectation of student success at the college level, our teachers structure curricular content and daily lessons to insure that result,” Spain Park High School Principal, Dr. Ken Jarnagin, said.

New for the ACT exam this year, scores from students testing under special conditions (i.e. extended time) were included for the first time; the benchmark score for Reading readiness was raised from 21 to 22; and the benchmark score for Science readiness was lowered from 24 to 23.  All changes are reflected in the 2013 results.  Additionally, ACT reports that many schools/school systems had record numbers of test takers, which also negatively impacted average scores for many systems.

Locally, Hoover City Schools administers the ACT EXPLORE test (8th graders) and ACT PLAN test (10th grade) to capture formative data and identify early gaps.  These tests are designed to prepare students for the ACT and predict ACT performance.  According to Dr. Dodson, HCS was among the first in Alabama to use the ACT as a benchmark exam rather than the very basic Alabama High School Graduation Exam.

“The most significant thing parents need to know is how important and useful the EXPLORE and PLAN reports can be in helping children to improve their academic performance.  Most families will look at the composite score and national percentile rank, and they will often stop at that point.  The report also includes very helpful and individualized career guidance information along with specific recommendations for helping students to improve their future performance,” Dr. Dodson said.

 Helpful testing/test preparation information for parents -  

·        Learn more about the ACT EXPLORE and PLAN tests and analyze the reports.

·        Work with school counselors to break down information embedded in reports.

·        Take advantage of evening/weekend ACT prep workshops.

·        Take ACT practice exams at home and online. 

“I believe we have the most outstanding teachers, leaders and support staff that can be found in any school system in this nation.  Great educators want to work in this system because they see parent and community support in action and hear from our employees how exciting it is to work in a school system committed to continuous improvement in word and deed,” Dr. Dodson said.  “We aren’t afraid to take risks in this district.  We celebrate our victories together, we lean on one another when we face setbacks, and we always seek new and better ways to engage children in the important work of learning.  I am proud to be a member of this professional community in Hoover City Schools.”

 
Average ACT Test Scores
District - ACT participation 88%
Year English Math Reading Science Composite
2009 23.4 22.6 23.5 22.8 23.2
2010 23.7 23.1 23.6 23.1 23.5
2011 23.9 23.2 23.6 23.1 23.6
2012 23.8 23.3 23.8 23.1 23.6
2013 23.4 22.4 23.5 22.8 23.2
Hoover High School - ACT participation 86%
Year English Math Reading Science Composite
2009  23.3 22.6 23.2  22.6  23.1 
2010  23.5 23.1  23.5  23.1  23.4 
2011   23.7 23.2  23.2  22.7  23.3 
2012   23.7 23.1  23.5  22.7  23.4 
2013  22.9  22.0  23.0  22.4  22.7 
Spain Park High School - ACT participation 91%      
 Year  English  Math  Reading  Science  Composite
2009  23.8 22.7 24.2  23.2  23.6 
2010   23.9 23.0  23.9  23.2  23.6 
2011  24.3  23.3  24.2  23.5  24.0 
2012  24.1  23.6  24.4  23.7  24.1 
2013  24.1  23.1  24.2  23.5  23.9 
Alabama - ACT participation 78%      
 Year  English  Math Reading Science Composite 
2009 20.5 19.5  20.7  20.1  20.3 
2010  20.4  19.5  20.7  20.2  20.3 
2011  20.4 19.6  20.7  20.1  20.3 
2012  20.3  19.6  20.7  20.1  20.3 
2013  20.5  19.5  21.0  20.2  20.4 
Nation - ACT participation 54%    
 Year English Math Reading Science Composite
2009  20.6  21.0  21.4  20.9  21.1
2010   20.5  21.0  21.3  20.9  21.0
2011   20.6  21.1  21.3  20.9  21.1
2012   20.5  21.1  21.3  20.9  21.1
2013   20.2  20.9  21.1  20.7  20.9
 
Percent Meeting College Readiness Benchmarks
District
Year English Math Reading Science All 4
2009 84% 55%  68%  43%  36% 
2010 85% 59%  69%  44%  38% 
2011  85%  61% 66%  44%  37% 
2012 85%  63% 70%  46%  41% 
2013 84%  55%  62%  51%  39% 
Hoover High School
Year English Math Reading Science All 4
2009 84% 56% 65% 39%  33% 
2010 85%  60%  66%  44%  36% 
2011  84%  60%  64%  41%  35% 
2012  86%  61%  68%  42%  36% 
2013  81%  51%  58%  47% 34% 
Spain Park High School     
 Year  English  Math  Reading  Science  All 4
2009 86% 54%  74%  50%  43% 
2010  86%  59%  72% 44%  40% 
2011  86%  62%  70%  48%  41% 
2012  85%  65%  73%  54%  48% 
2013  89%  61%  67%  59%  45% 
Alabama     
 Year  English  Math Reading Science All 4 
2009 67% 29%  47%  21%  16% 
2010  66%  31%  47%  23%  18% 
2011  65%  32%  48%  22%  18% 
2012  65%  33%  48%  23%  18% 
2013  66%  31%  41%  30%  20% 
Nation 
 Year English Math Reading Science All 4
2009 67%  43%  53%  28%  23% 
2010  66%  43%  52%  29%  24% 
2011  66%  45%  52%  30%  25% 
2012  67%  46%  52%  31%  25% 
2013  64% 44%  44%  36%  26%

 

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