College and Career Readiness is important for all students.

Good morning, Parents,

At one of our in-service sessions this past Friday, Mr. Bruggink shared an important perspective that relates to our efforts around improving our student’s ACT scores. He said that the final score of an athletic contest represents more than just a set of numbers. For example, the score of a Friday night football game represents a lot about what happened in that game. The team with the higher score very likely did a better job of executing the fundamentals that lead to success than the team they beat. The final score is indicative of many things the team was able to do, or not able to do, as they played the other team, and in that way the final score represents much more than just a couple of numbers. Similarly, a student’s ACT score represents more than just that score. The ACT tests are built to measure the degree to which students have mastered college and career readiness skills for English, reading, math and science. These college and career readiness skills are complex reading comprehension and thinking skills that have proven for years to be critical for success after high school. Therefore, ACT scores are more than just numbers, they are a measure of our students critical skill sets in areas where our teacher’s are working hard to build skills in students.

One myth we are really trying to communicate with parents and students about is the idea that ACT scores only have importance for students going on to four year colleges. Having greater college and career readiness skills makes students more prepared for success, and more marketable, if they are going into the workforce, on to a technical training program, or into the military as well. I have included a response from Andrea Berlin—the HS Career Coach for LTC—to show how ACT scores are used to place students in technical training programs. I think it is important for students and parents to understand that when a student has to take remedial classes because they are not adequately prepare for post high school training of any sort, not only does this increase their cost and the amount of time it will take them to complete the program, it can also have a really significant effect on whether or not they will complete the program. Our goals as a school are to continue to get better at preparing students who are college and career ready because we know it is about more than just a number on the ACT, it is about how prepared each of our students is for the challenges they will face after they leave OHS.

Below is Andrea’s response to a series of questions I asked about the ACT score requirements for various programs at LTC:

Those are great questions. We do use both the Accuplacer and ACT scores for placement in our general education courses. The scores do vary by program, but generally students who score an 18 or higher in each of the (English, Reading, and Math) portions of the ACT, would not need to take any remedial courses. However, generally students who score a 16 or higher in each of the ACT test areas (English, Reading, Math), can be admitted to their program choice, but would need to take a remedial course(s) along with their program classes. Please let me know if you have any further questions.

I hope you enjoyed the beautiful fall weekend. The colors are moving rapidly toward peak, I just wish it would last a bit longer.