Mineral Springs High School recently received ACT scores from the 2016 administration of the yearly test given to students. The school recently issued a press release announcing that scores were up from the previous year.
The press release issued to the Nashville News-Leader states: “The percent of students who achieved a ready score in English, Math, Reading, and Science are included in the report. Students are deemed ready for college English Composition if they receive a score of 18 or higher on the ACT. They are College Algebra ready with an ACT math score of 22. The social studies and science benchmarks are 22 and 23 respectively.
The number of students who achieved the ready benchmark in English increased by 22% from 2015 to 2016. Mineral Springs students saw a 14% jump in Math readiness, a 14% increase in reading, a 10% increase in science, and 6% improvement for students who were ready in all four ACT benchmarks.
School officials attribute the increase in ACT scores to their concentrated efforts to include reading and writing across the curriculum. With the inclusion of an additional math teacher this year, and exposure to the ACT Aspire by last year’s 10th grade students, school leaders hope to see a continued trend towards improvement and college readiness.
Principal Josh Kessler stressed the importance of faculty cohesiveness in student achievement. “When teachers work together and teach reading, writing and math skills across the curriculum, then it is everyone’s success when our students grow.””