Morrill Public Schools are working to bring up the average ACT score for their high school students
Beginning in 2017, all high school juniors across Nebraska have been required to take the test; Morrill juniors have averaged scores of 17.2, 17.7, and 18.4 over the past three years.
Superintendent of Schools Joe Sherwood says for this school year, they are changing their focus in the classroom to help bolster those scores… with an end goal of an average score of 22 two years from now.
He says what the district is offering is covering the fees to take the ACT exam, and students can take the test up to five times.
“We’re wanting to enter a relationship with parents, where parents will support the idea if the school’s going to pay for these tests,” explains Sherwood. “Then we want parents to allow us to take their kids to take the ACT twice their sophomore year, twice their junior year, and once their senior year if they want to improve their score.”
Additionally, the district has reworked the middle school curriculum to groom students for ACT test taking focus areas. Sherwood says Science has been a strong subject, but they hope to bring up proficiency rates in English Language Arts and Math.