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Marshalltown ACT scores up across the board, surpass state average

Marshalltown High School ACT scores saw increases across the board in 2012, with an overall district composite score of 22.9. The state composite scores is 22.1.

“I am proud and pleased for our students, teachers and parents,” said Dr. Marvin Wade, superintendent of school. “I am optimistic these ACT scores are one indicator that we are on the right track in our efforts to better prepare students for college and career success.”

In 2012 MHS had 137 students take the ACT, up from 134 in 2011. MHS scores improved in each category (English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science) over 2011 scores, with the largest increase in Reading – going from 21.6 to 23.3.

“It is very exciting to see that our students who took the ACT have surpassed the average state composite score for the first time in four years,” said Dr. Susan Pecinovsky, associate superintendent for student achievement. “In addition, we have more students who are choosing to take the ACT, and the district is very supportive of this trend.”

Over the last several years MHS has worked to increase the number and rigor of college-level courses, as well as align curriculum and better clarify performance expectations for students. On the 2012 ACT MHS students exceeded the state average in three of five categories of college readiness: College Algebra, College Biology, and students meeting all four categories (English Composition, Algebra, Social Science, Biology). MHS was within 1-2 percentage points of the stage average in English Composition and Social Science.

“Our goal is to become the school of choice,” said Aiddy Phomvisay, principal at Marshalltown High School. “This means having the most rigorous curriculum possible like AP classes to better prepare our students for college and work. I urge students to take advantage of these learning opportunities and to further challenge themselves to take the AP examinations.”