Every April, all juniors in the state of Missouri have to take the ACT exam. ACT stands for “American College Testing” and is a standardized test that university admissions officers use to compare applicants from different schools and different states. The test costs $34-$50, and the maximum score is a 36. It tests mathematics, reading, English, science, and writing. When juniors take it in April, the test is completely free.
When the class of 2016 took the ACT as juniors, this was the first time ever that all juniors were mandated to take the test. In the past, only students that are college-bound would take the ACT. As you can see in the chart labeled “Juniors”, that is how the students placed on their tests and how they compare to other schools in our conference and Washington. Later on, some students retook the ACT as seniors and raised their scores dramatically, boosting the ACT average of New Haven as well. This composite average is reflected in the chart labeled “Seniors”. New Haven’s ACT average came out on top both years.
Because every student had to take the ACT in 2015, these composite averages accurately reflect the capabilities of all students in each school. As you can see on the chart labeled “Seniors”, New Haven beat the state average by 2.1 points, and the second highest school by 1.1 points.
For the purposes of confidentiality on the charts, the names of the schools have been changed. The state average is highlighted in yellow, and New Haven’s average is highlighted in green.
All in all, New Haven High School has a tradition of excellence to uphold and maintain, and the class of 2016 has achieved that.
Congratulations, Class of 2016!