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BHS ACT Academy Shows Positive Results

by Ronda Weber

August 29, 2011

Burwell Students’ 

ACT Four Year Trends


Graduating Class      Number Tested          Composite Score        State Ave        National Ave

2008                                        22                                21.6                 22.1                 21.0

2009*                                      20                                23.6                 22.1                 21.0

2010                                        20                                22.9                 22.1                 21.0

2011                                        18                                22.1                 22.1                 21.0


Note:  * indicates first year ACT Academy was offered


            The ACT measures the college preparedness of high school graduates.  Not all students take the ACT.  In Nebraska last year, 16,461 students took the ACT and their average composite score was 22.1.  The national average was 21.0. 


Eighteen BHS students in the class of 2011 took the ACT.  The average score of the eighteen seniors who took the ACT was 22.1.   Four main areas are tested on the ACT: English, Mathematics, Reading and Science.  Below are the average scores of each area.


English            22.7 (State average 21.8)

Mathematics    20.9 (State average 21.7)

Reading           22.2 (State average 22.3)

Science            22.3 (State average 22.0)


            The ACT provides students with a set of test scores that gives them an idea of where they academically sit prior to making educational decisions about their future.  The ACT does not measure intangible qualities that often separate the high achieving students.  Qualities such as work ethic, time management, and perseverance cannot be measured by a single test, therefore, it must be emphasized that the ACT is one test.


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