CSISD students perform above state averages on college readiness indicator

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

CSISD students perform above state averages on college readiness indicator

According to results recently released by ACT, College Station ISD students continue to perform well on the curriculum-based ACT exam, which is designed to measure the skills needed for success in first-year college coursework.

“ACT results are one of many factors we use to determine the success of College Station ISD,” said district superintendent Dr. Eddie Coulson.  “So much emphasis is publicly placed on state mandated standardized tests, but to truly tell if a district is being successful, it must look at many different indicators like ACT results.  These results are not only a testament to the teachers throughout the CSISD organization, but to every employee who helps provide a great learning environment for our students.”

In 2012, CSISD students fared far better on the exam, than the state average in every category.  The average English ACT score for the 171 students CSISD who took the ACT exam last school year was 22.4, compared to the 19.6 statewide average.  CSISD students also out performed their peers statewide in Math (24.3 to 21.4), Reading (22.9 to 20.8), Science (23.1 to 20.8) and in the composite results (23.3 to 20.8)

According to ACT, students should meet a certain score, or “benchmark,” for each of the tested areas to be ready for a corresponding freshman-level college course.  For example, the benchmark for a college-level English Composition course is an 18 on ACT English test, while you must score a 22 on the ACT math test to reach the benchmark for college-level Algebra.

In CSISD, 76% of students who took the test reached the benchmark in English as opposed to 60% statewide.  Also, 71% (48% state) met the benchmark in math, 61% (48% state) in reading, 44% (29%) in science, and 39% (24% state) met the benchmark in all four categories.

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