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District 303 touts ACT scores

Published: Friday, Aug. 23, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

ST. CHARLES – Students who graduated this year from St. Charles School District 303 set a record ACT composite score, according to a news release from the district.

In addition to earning a 23.7 composite score, the Class of 2013 posted the highest District 303 scores in English, 23.4; reading, 23.5; and science, 23.3.

The math score – 24.2 – was the second highest in the district’s history, topped only by the Class of 2010, which earned a score of 24.4.

According to the release, the comparisons were based on calculations performed by District 303 only on 2013 graduates who took the ACT without accommodations.

This allows for a true comparison to the scores from previous years because starting in 2013, ACT has changed which students are included in the ACT senior score report, according to the district.

“While we applaud ACT’s decision to include students with accommodations in the Senior Report, the 2013 ACT Senior Report published scores are not directly comparable to ACT Senior Report scores from previous years,” Superintendent Don Schlomann said in the release.

“The 2013 results start a new baseline, similar to what happened beginning in 2002 when Illinois began requiring all juniors in the state to take the ACT.”

Including students with accommodations, the Class of 2013 earned a 23.4 composite score; 23 in English; 23.8 in math; 23.1 in reading; and 23 in science.

All were above the state averages.

“Our students continue to demonstrate significant growth on the ACT and in the classroom as we prepare them for success beyond high school,” Schlomann said.

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