Jackson Hole High School students who took the ACT this spring as juniors received the second highest scores in the state as a school.
“We are very proud of our hardworking students,” said Superintendent Gillian Chapman in a press release. “While no single assessment is 100 percent predictive of student learning, the ACT is intended to predict college success. These results show that our students are well prepared to succeed in postsecondary education.”
ACT results released last week by the Wyoming Department of Education found that Jackson Hole High School students scored above state averages in all areas, including English, math, reading, science and the overall composite score. Scores range from 1 to 36.
The Jackson Hole High School composite score, the average of the combined sub-tests, was 22.3. That’s just over the 63rd percentile, meaning on average students scored better than 63 percent of test-takers. The state composite was 19.5 and the top school, Burlington High School in Big Horn County, was a 24.6.
In comparison with past classes locally, the scores hover between 21 and 22. The average composite score for the juniors of 2013 was 21.6, then 21.5 in 2014, 21.4 in 2015, 21.8 in 2016 and now 21.7 in 2017.
Jackson juniors met or slightly exceeded the ACT College Readiness Benchmarks in every sub-area but science, where they fell short. The benchmarks are the minimum scores required for students to have a high probability of success in college courses.
One local student out of the 173 juniors who took the test during the 2017-18 school year scored a perfect 36.
ACT scores are used to measure college readiness and, since all juniors in the state take the test, as a benchmark for comparison.
“The ACT is an important assessment for high school students,” said Scott Crisp, principal of Jackson Hole High School, in a statement. “Wyoming is one of only 12 states in the country that requires all juniors to take the exam.”
Crisp credited the work of all staff in the high school’s high scores.
“Preparing our students for success on the ACT is a team effort that involves our teachers, school counselors, school and district administrators, parents, and most importantly, our students,” he said. “We are pleased with these results and we celebrate that our students are well prepared for postsecondary options. Our students have worked hard to achieve success and we congratulate them.”
The district will use the new scores to figure out what’s working and where more attention is needed.
“Our educators use these test results, together with a variety of other assessments to continue to improve teaching practices and student learning experiences,” Crisp said. “While we know we continue to have work to do, I celebrate the hard work of our students and teachers as demonstrated through this assessment.”