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More Racine Unified Students Take ACT, Scores Down Slightly

More students than ever before are taking the college-readiness exam, but scores overall went down almost half a point in 2012 from 2011.

**Updated 8:30 a.m.

Despite more students taking the ACT last year, 's average score went down slightly.

According to a press release from the district, Unified students' average composite score was 20.2 in 2012, down from 20.6 in 2011. State scores average in at 22.1 while the national average is 21.1. Only students at Walden III High School exceeded both of those numbers, coming in with an average composite score of 22.4.

The highest score possible on the ACT is a composite score of 36.

More students than ever before took the exam. A total of 748 students participated in the ACT in 2012, up from 742 in 2011. Hispanic participation increased the most, from 86 in 2011 to 142 in 2012, a 60 percent increase from year-to-year.

“We are encouraged to see increased participation in the ACT exam,” said RUSD Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Education Dr. Bethel Cager in the release. “We are, however, disappointed to see a slight decrease in our average composite scores."

This summer, 77 students took the district's free, online ACT prep class led by teachers trained and certified by Princeton Review, and officials are hoping to see higher scores as a result.

on the ACT when the scores at Park, Case, Horlick and Walden were considered. The state Department of Public Instruction posted the scores for the Class of 2012 early Wednesday morning. Figured in parentheses are the 2011 scores:

  • Case: 208 of 532 seniors; Avg. score = 20.7 (21.3)
  • Horlick: 204 of 529 seniors; Avg. score = 19.9 (19.9)
  • Park: 239 of 558 seniors; Avg. score = 19.4 (19.9)
  • REAL School: 24 of 27 seniors; Avg. score = 20.9 (22.2)
  • Walden III: 64 of 74 seniors; Avg. score = 22.4 (22.7)

Also, RUSD started EXPLORE testing in eighth and ninth grades and PLAN tests in tenth grade as a tool for determining college readiness. But the test scores are also designed to help educators map coursework for students to better prepare them for college.

Patch will be in touch with Racine Unified on Wednesday to get more details about EXPLORE, PLAN and how prep classes can help improve college readiness and scores.

Ed Holladay August 23, 2012 at 03:23 AM
some may take offense Mike.
Ed Holladay August 23, 2012 at 03:27 AM
Still better scores than we see in the south, were there are no unions.
Blair Nielsen August 23, 2012 at 04:33 PM
@ Ed. And more illegals and minoritys. oops, was that racist?
Heather Asiyanbi August 23, 2012 at 06:13 PM
Mike - there is a huge achievement gap in the district, that is true, but to classify it in such a way can be construed as racist.
kath August 26, 2012 at 02:32 AM
That is true, however, that is hardly the only factor affecting ACT scores or educational achievement. Quite a few of the southern states require ALL graduating seniors to take the ACT. Look at the above percentages of our seniors taking the ACT, less than 50% of the main three high schools. I'm sure there are other factors, too. I believe that at least the REAL school, and possibly Walden III, are non-unionized; does that mean that lower test scores follow? Not this year at least. I'm also willing to bet that the private schools in the area- despite being non-unionized- might have higher average ACT score, though I haven't seen the figures on that (Patch, where are you?).

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