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A-D-M district leads pack in ACT scoring

The soon-to-be graduating class at Adel-DeSoto-Minburn had the highest overall ACT composite score compared to other Dallas County schools as reported by the ACT College Readiness report.

According to the report, 67 students were tested and received a 23.9 composite. Their score was 1.8 points higher than the state average (22.1).

The score was also .4 higher than the Waukee Community School District (23.5) with 302 students tested and West-Central Valley (23.5) with 26 students tested.

A-D-M Superintendent Greg Dufoe said the students’ scores reflect positively on the school as a whole.

“When you have a trend line like A-D-M does, it means we are developing a history of strong performance,” he said. “The ACT is just one measure of our school’s effectiveness, but for us to have the scores that we do it really shows that our kids are doing well.”

Since 2009, the school has rated well-above the state average, with an overall composite score ranging from 23.1 to 23.9.

David Arnold, superintendent of the West-Central Valley Community School District, said he was pleased that his students tested well-above the state average in all four tested areas-English, mathematics, reading and science.

“I believe that we have made a concerted effort at all grade levels to address our (English), math, reading and science curricular needs and are now seeing some of the benefits of infusing rigor into these content areas,” he said.

Dallas Center-Grimes, Woodward-Granger, and Van Meter Community Schools also scored above the state average- DC-G tested 100 students with a composite of 22.9, Woodward-Granger tested 33 students with a 22.6 composite and Van Meter tested 31 students with a 22.6 composite. Earlham Community School District was the lone school to place below the state average at 20.1 with 24 students tested.

In all four areas, the school placed below the state average with a score of 19.2 in English (State: 21.5), 20.3 in mathematics (State: 21.6), 20.3 in reading (State: 22.5) and 20.2 in science (State: 22.2).

Earlham Superintendent Michael Wright said the school has some work to do to make sure students are prepared for college.

“I’d like to see higher scores in everything if we can, but we need to make certain that students are taking the courses that are going to prepare them to perform (well) on the ACT and in college,” he said. School districts are encouraged to follow an action-plan geared toward their students which includes establishing partnerships with local and state post-secondary institutions to create a shared understanding of what is expected for college courses, creating a school culture to identify the need to meet or exceed College Readiness Benchmark Scores, uphold a rigorous curriculum, provide student counseling and measure progress of all students using college readiness assessments.

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