AMES–Ames High School students’ average ACT scores typically outpace the state and nation. In 2015, however, the District’s composite score also moved past the previous year’s score by .6 percent.
Associate Superintendent Mandy Ross attributes Ames’ strong ACT scores to the District’s commitment to creating individualized learning plans for students that help them build academic success well before reaching high school.
The district has added additional instruction and academic time at all grade levels, and this year, Ames High School has added a “plus period,” which gives students multiple opportunities to learn and master concepts.
The ACT is designed to gauge how well students are prepared for college-level work by measuring their knowledge in English Composition, College Algebra, College Social Science, College Reading, and College Biology, using a 36-point scale. The test results provide a composite score that predicts college success across all these areas.
According to ACT, a “benchmark score is the minimum score needed…to indicate a 50 percent chance of obtaining a B or higher…in the corresponding…college courses.” Ames’ composite score went from 25 in 2014 to 25. 6 in 2015.
Associate Principal Mike Avise said Ames High School’s educational philosophy embeds a seamless approach to the ACT’s “action plan” for student success that staff is always seeking to improve.
“The rigor of our course work, the individual attention our teachers and counselors give our students and the frequent assessments our teachers use to make adjustments to instruction all help our students do well on the ACT,” he said.
For more information, visit the ACT Condition of College & Career Readiness 2015.
2014-15 AVERAGE ACT COMPOSITE SCORES
Source: The ACT