The USD 418 Board of Education reviewed ACT scoring information at its regularly scheduled meeting Dec. 13. Of 144 seniors who took the test, 101 were deemed “college ready,” while 43 were not.
Superintendent Dr. Randy Watson said nine of the college-ready seniors scored “not ready” as 10th-graders, but have improved during the past two years. Twenty-one of the 43 students who scored “not ready” met benchmarks as 10th-graders, but have lost ground since then.
“We’ve got to start looking at...why weren’t these kids successful?” Watson said, adding that USD 418 seniors still scored ahead of state and national levels. To make sure more seniors leave high school with “college ready” scores, he said the board and school faculty must help students enroll in the right courses, make sure they’re successful in those courses and must intervene if students are falling behind.
McPherson High School Principal Bret McClendon said teachers will use results from the ACT to adjust curricula. He said they hope to have a grasp on the situation by the end of January.
McClendon described proposals for course modifications. They included combining Applied Math I and II into one course, reconfiguring some classes so the MHS can receive Pathways funding and adding a new independent study that will be “heavily research-based” and will include philosophy components. Students must fulfill all other course requirements before taking the independent study. The board voted to accept the proposals.
•The board approved a donation of dictionaries for all USD 418 third-graders from the Rotary Club.
•Board members voted to accept an anonymous donation for Linda Ferrell at Eisenhower Elementary School.
•The board approved a wording change in truancy policy.
•Board members reviewed a proposed schedule for the 2010-2011 school year beginning Aug. 16 and ending May 23.