Should all high school Juniors be taking the A.C.T.??? Tony Evers thinks so, it would replace W.K.C.E.

 

So are the kids still going to need to test advanced to proficient?

How is this going to work?  If  schools can not pass the W.K.C.E.  how will they ever test well on this?

http://www.channel3000.com/news/Proposal-All-Wis-high-school-students-take-ACT/-/1648/16576734/-/8f896b/-/index.html

 

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3 Responses to “Should all high school Juniors be taking the A.C.T.??? Tony Evers thinks so, it would replace W.K.C.E.”

  1. There are nine states that require the ACT as a graduation requirement. Those students who meet the “ACT graduation requirements” are included in the results for those states reporting 100% participation. Every year Wisconsin touts their “We’re number 1 (or 2 or 3), it cracks me up because nobody ever completes the sentence, “Among states with greater than 50% of our students taking the ACT.”

  2. This darn thing posted before I was finished. These 10 states used the ACT for NCLB and no doubt used some kind of minimum achievement level to designate acceptable high school education has been attained. Only scores for students tested under ACT time restrictions were reported for ACT summaries at this link.

    http://www.act.org/newsroom/data/2012/states.html

    As with all states that have gradually added ACT as a measure of NCLB compliance, their average scores will see a plummet in the next years until the kids taking the test have gone through the more rigorous common core state standards being implemented in Wisconsin and in Evansville. North Dakota and Utah were late to the 100% bandwagon between 2010 and 2011. Their scores dropped by a point in 2012, but based on previous data from other states at it longer, they should begin to recover performance, but never quite come back to the previous achievement on the test. The good thing about ACT is that the common core state standards is aligned with the content and should prepare students for post secondary work or school wherever that will be.

  3. chasinthenews Says:

    Thank you for input Melissa .

    What I have been reading from different sites there is concern in a couple of areas. Math. Students would need to have a minimum of algebra 2 to have any chance on this test.

    The issue becomes not all students have even take two years of math by the time they are Juniors.

    Then there are the students who do not do well with algebra /math to begin with.

    They are not going to pass the math portion.

    There is also the issue of students with special needs. They are not gong to pass this test any more than they are/did the W.K.C.E. . This is not good news for schools that are struggling with the W.K.C.E. as it is.

    This is just going to be another meaningless test for many kids. The other issue is some kids are not going to go on to any post high school , schooling. That is their choice.

    It’s really to bad schools did not strive for these goals all along. If they had been doing what they should have been doing all along it would not be a concern now.

    Quite honestly schools have gotten away with not being held accountable for years, Evansville very much included and now we are paying for the schools indifference.

    As long as they kept getting their money there was not enough concern over the level of knowledge the students they were graduating had.

    I was told this last week that the Junior High passed a student on to the high school after he had failed several classes because he was just ” so much bigger ” than kids in his class.

    I know he failed several classes and they just passed him on. Now how do you think he will really do at the high school level after not grasping the math and English at the Junior High level.

    I am sure there are others they just pass on because ti’s easier for them.

    I am not sure if the reason for passing him on was his size but he is a very big (tall) for his age.

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