Students post highest ACT scores in Barrington High School history
Updated: November 3, 2011 4:49PM
Barrington High School’s 2011 ACT scores have soared to a new high with a composite average of 25.
The students, who tested in the spring, raised the school’s mark more than a half a point from the 24.4 composite score in 2010. The highest score on the ACT is 36; the state average in 2011 is 20.9 and the national average came in at 21.1.
“This is the highest year we have ever recorded,” said Superintendent Tom Leonard. “It was a significant jump this year.”
Students made gains in all subjects. In English, students scored an average of 25.2 in 2011, compared to 24.3 in 2010. In math, students posted an average of 25.3, compared with 24.5 the previous year. Science scores averaged 24.6 in 2011, up from 24 in 2010. The average reading score came 24.6 this year, a slight jump from the 24.4 in 2010.
“We have all the components here to be successful,” Leonard said, acknowledging the score was achieved because of a combination of hardworking, driven students, supportive parents and dedicated teachers.
Barrington High School principal Steve McWilliams said that while reaching 25 is a great accomplishment, it is important to remember there are students below that number. The district strives to improve its curriculum on a year-to-year basis, he said.
“Our students are better prepared to go on to the next phase of their lives than ever before at Barrington High School,” McWilliams said. “It’s a number and it’s a big milestone and we hope to stay at that level.”