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Plymouth School Board Hears Report on SAT and ACT Scores

December 4, 2013

12/04/13 The Plymouth School Board met for the final meeting of 2013 on Tuesday night. The next regular meeting will be held on January 7, 2014. At that time, proposed meeting dates for the entire year along with agenda items will be discussed.

Presenting at the November 3 meeting was Plymouth High School Principal Jim Condon and Guidance Director Aimee Portteus speaking to the PHS class of 2013 SAT and ACT scores. Condon said the figures they were presenting reflect the achievement of graduates over a five-year period. According to Portteus, 142 students or 65 percent of the 2013 class chose to participate in the SAT testing. Students are allowed to take the test a second time, but the final report only uses their most recent scores.

Scores declined in all areas of the test over those from the 2012 class. In the Critical Reading portion, the average results were about equal to the state average and slightly less than the national average. Portteus noted that the PHS students who ranked in the top 10 percent of the class did outperform both Indiana and the nation.

In Math, the average score for PHS students in tested in 2013 decreased significantly when compared to those from the pervious year. The scores of both males and females dropped. Again, the highest performing students did exceed both the state and national averages. The scores from the Writing portion of the test also showed a decrease. The scores remain slightly below state averages and significantly below national averages.

Students faired better on the ACT tests. The average scores for PHS students exceeded both the state and national averages for English, Math, Reading, Science, and the overall composite score average as well. Seventy-four students took the ACT test in 2013. Portteus said students can now take the SAT in October, SAT in March and ACT in June. PHS is now a testing site for both tests.

Condon and Portteus also shared follow-up statistics for the 2013 gradates. According to the figures compiled, 102 (43 percent) entered a 4-year college; 32 (15 percent) enrolled in a 2-year college; 9 (4 percent) entered a vocational/technical school; 6 (3 percent) entered the military; 82 (34 percent) did not pursue higher education; and 6 (3 percent) received Certificates of Completion (IEP Program).

The top choice for enrolling in a 4- year college was Indiana University South Bend and Ancilla College for a 2-year program, Condon noted that many kids are commuting from home to closer facilities.

Carol Anders Correspondent