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SCORES SHOW ALPINE STUDENTS REALLY HAVE THEIR ACT TOGETHER

SHARE SCORES SHOW ALPINE STUDENTS REALLY HAVE THEIR ACT TOGETHER

So what else is new? Alpine School District officials recently released results of the American College Tests and their students again outperformed their state and national counterparts.

Approximately 70 percent of the district's high school students took the ACT last year, performing nearly the same as they have since the district started giving the college entrance test, which gives colleges an idea of the academic potential of junior and seniors who are applying for admission."We do exceptionally well year after year," said Frank Cameron, the district's director of research and evaluation during his report to the Alpine School Board. "I almost wonder what it would be like to report these scores for an ordinary district."

Alpine students consistently outperformed other Utah and U.S. students, averaging higher scores in all four categories of the ACT - English, Math, Reading and Science. Their composite scores were nearly a full point higher than those of the average U.S. student.

The district did see slight drops in the average English and math scores, though reading and science scores both improved by larger margins.

According to the data, Alpine's male students generally scored higher than did its female students. For example, on the composite score, males achieved a 22.1, while females scored a 21.4.

Cameron said those results follow a general national trend, as males continue to outscore females in the math, reading and science areas. However, female students have been outscoring the males on the English testing area at the state, local and national levels.

The test results also revealed that Alpine and Utah students are less core-prepared than their national counterparts, meaning they have taken a certain number of classes in college preparation subjects. Only about half of Alpine's seniors were core-prepared last year, when the test was given.

That may be because Alpine and Utah are very active in the Advanced Placement program, Cameron said. Most of Alpine's students are only a class or two short of being classified as core-prepared - because rather than taking a core class, students will take an Advanced Placement class that may earn them college credit.

Alpine students could increase their scores dramatically if they took more relevant course offerings, he said.

"The district should continue to educate students to the fact that there is a direct correlation between course-taking patterns and ACT scores," Cameron said.

For the past three years the ACT has included questions on student satisfaction. The 1994 results show Alpine students feel the district offers a good class variety and are generally satisfied with classroom instruction and the district's honors program. Students showed less satisfaction with grading practices and other rules and regulations.

In addition, the questionnaire revealed that students would like more assistance in educational and occupational planning. They would also like more assistance in study skills and math skills.

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Alpine School District ACT score comparison

Alpine Utah U.S.

1993 1994 1993 1994 1993 1994

English 21.4 21.2 20.8 20.9 20.3 20.3

Math 20.6 20.4 20.2 20.2 20.1 20.2

Reading 22.5 22.6 21.8 22.0 21.2 21.2

Science 21.7 22.0 21.3 21.6 20.8 20.9

Comp. 21.7 21.7 21.1 21.3 20.7 20.8