September 15, 2017
Wakulla High School’s Senior Class of 2017 outscored their counterparts in Florida on the American College Test (ACT) in English, Mathematics, Reading, Science, and on the composite score.
The ACT is one of the common national tests taken for college entrance qualifications, including meeting requirements to take dual enrollment college courses while still in high school. It is also one of the tests used for determining eligibility for Florida Bright Futures scholarships.
On the ACT, WHS 2017 graduates averaged 19.8 in English (state average 19.0). In Mathematics, WHS scored 20.3 (state 19.4).
WHS Reading scores averaged 22.2 (state 21.0). WHS Science scores came in at 20.7 (state 19.4). The overall average composite score for WHS graduates was 20.9 (state 19.8).
In addition, the ACT has done research with colleges nationwide to establish benchmark scores that are a valid prediction of whether or not students will pass a college course in that subject. In all four areas tested, Wakulla students exceeded the state average scores predicting a passing grade in College English, College Algebra, College Social Science, and College Biology.
States Superintendent Bobby Pearce, “It’s important that the trend for our students to exceed the state average in all areas of a nationally standardized college entrance exam continues from year to year. We want them to graduate from Wakulla High School both college and career ready so that they are prepared to successfully pursue their goals.”
WHS offers the ACT on the WHS campus in lieu of students having to drive to Tallahassee to take it in an unfamiliar setting. Students are encouraged to take the ACT and/or the SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test) in order to broaden their options for after high school.
They can prepare for doing well on the ACT and on other college entrance exams by taking advantage of the rigorous curricula offered at Wakulla High School such as Advanced Placement courses and college dual enrollment courses from Tallahassee Community College and Florida State University at no cost to parents.
“Students are encouraged to take the ACT and the SAT several times to improve their scores, starting in the fall of their junior year at the latest,” notes WHS Principal Mike Barwick.
Wakulla High School continues to increase college and career information dissemination efforts, including hosting a College and Career Fair plus Parent Nights for questions and answers. For more information on taking the ACT or the SAT, contact the Wakulla High School Guidance Department or Assistant Principal of Student Services Priscilla Tucker at 926-2221.