has some new bragging rights.
Batavia High School’s Class of 2012 has set a record for the highest ACT scores in the school’s history with a composite score of 23.6. This year’s results surpassed the previous high score of 23.4 set by the Class of 2011. The state average was 20.9 and the national average was 21.1.
Since 2008, the Batavia High School composite score has risen 4.9 percent from 22.5 to 23.6. During that same period, the composite score of the state of Illinois has risen 1.9 percent from 20.5 to 20.9 while the national score has decreased from 21.2 to 21.1.
“After four years of intentional collaboration at Batavia High School using professional learning communities, our ACT scores have made significant improvements,” Dr. Jack Barshinger announced during Monday’s BPS101 back-to-school Kick-Off Celebration, attended by the district’s 700 employees. “Each and every one of you can take pride in your contribution to our students’ success.”
The ACT assesses high school student’s general educational development and their ability to complete college-level work. The most recent ACT results indicate that Batavia High School graduates are well prepared for college in all four areas: mathematics, English, reading and science reasoning.
The Class of 2012 received all-time high scores in mathematics, English, reading and science sections of the exam. The mathematics score was 24.1; the English score was 23.3 a reading section score of 23.2, and the science score of 23.3.
The ACT encourages educators to measure student performance in the context of college readiness measures. The ACT College Readiness Benchmarks are minimum scores needed on the ACT subject area tests to indicate a chance of obtaining a C or higher in corresponding credit-bearing first-year college course, which include English composition, algebra, biology and an introductory social science course.
“Since 2008, we are seeing anywhere from a 7 to 13 percent increase in the number of students meeting and exceeding the benchmarks across all four subject areas,” said Lisa Hichens, Principal at Batavia High School. “I believe the professional learning communities, increased academic rigor and our mission of always learning and always growing have certainly contributed to these improvements,” Hichens said.
The percentage of Batavia High School graduates that could be expected to succeed in a first-year college course based on the ACT far exceeds the percentage of students statewide. Forty- five percent of Batavia High School students met all four college readiness benchmarks. This number represents a 6 percent increase from the previous year and is 20 percent higher than the number of students in the state.
College English Composition – 84 percent of Batavia High School graduates, compared to 65 percent of all graduating Illinois school seniors. The ACT benchmark score to determine college readiness in English is 18 on the English portion of the exam.
College Algebra - 71 percent of Batavia High School graduates; 44 percent statewide. The ACT benchmark score to determine college readiness in algebra is 22 on the mathematics portion of the exam.
College Social Science - 68 percent of Batavia High School graduates; 47 percent statewide. The ACT benchmark score to determine college in social science is 21 on the reading portion of the exam.
College Biology - 53 percent of Batavia High School graduates; 30 percent statewide. The ACT benchmark score to determine college readiness in biology is 24 on the science portion of the exam.
The number of Batavia High School graduating seniors who took the ACT was 404.
The ACT scoring scale is 1 to 36, with 36 being the highest possible score.