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Geneva ACT Scores Go Up, Bucking State, National Trend

Credit: Geneva School District 304
Credit: Geneva School District 304

While ACT scores for the state of Illinois slid significantly, scores actually went up year-over-year in Geneva.

Geneva High School’s graduating class of 2013 achieved an average ACT composite score of 24.6, according to numbers released Wednesday by ACT. The average composite ACT score for 2013 graduates statewide is 20.6. The nationwide composite score is 20.9.

“We are very proud of our students for all their hard work and achieving these high scores,” said Superintendent Dr. Kent Mutchler. “We are also very thankful to our staff, parents, and community for the value they place on education in Geneva and for their continuous support of our students to help each and every one succeed.” 

District 304 has seen an impressive 2.3-point increase in composite score in the last decade — from 22.3 in 2004 to 24.6 in 2013.

This is in spite of drops overall nationwide. InsideHigherEd.com says the 2013 ACT scores are the lowest they’ve been in five years, with the biggest drops occurring in the English and reading sections.

The ACT is a college-readiness exam given to every Illinois high school student as part of the Prairie State Achievement Exam, regardless of post-high school plans. The ACT test is graded on a 36-point scale.

One of the reasons for the statewide drop is that Illinois is among nine states nationwide that test all students. Illinois was second among those nine states.

Students with learning disabilities, for example, are allowed to take more time than other students, but their scores are reported among the totals. The average score for a student taking extra time is 16, the Chicago Tribune reports.


SOURCES: School District 304, the Chicago Tribune, InsideHigherEd.com

Pat Fitz August 24, 2013 at 01:17 PM
My son a senior at Geneva got no outside help. He took the test once and scored over the Geneva 25 avg. Hats off to Geneva teachers. Nothing wrong with getting extra help or taking the test more then once. My senior at EIU took it over after his junior year and payed for an online study quide.
Julie August 24, 2013 at 02:28 PM
That's great, Pat! (I really mean that, too! :) ) Some kids are smarter than others and then there are some who are just NOT good test-takers...I am one of those. Personally, I think too much emphasis is placed on these test scores to begin with. Nerves/Anxiety issues can unfortunately make a difference with the scores and that's a whole different monster. I also wish it weren't so darn expensive to get the extra help to increase the score. Maybe they are already doing this at GHS, but I think it would be great if they offered some type of ACT/Testing Skills class on the Thursday morning gig they implemented this year. Enjoy the beautiful weekend!
Pat Fitz August 24, 2013 at 02:53 PM
Julie, agree 100%. I always scored low on tests. My oldest took the test again this summer to bring his score up. He also is not a good test taker. His problem was finishing in the time limit. Studying education at EIU he wanted to bring up his score. The study guide and the cost to retake the test was worth the $$ but like you said it is expensive to get the extra help. Enjoy your weekend!
Steve Hunter August 24, 2013 at 03:01 PM
This is great news. Congratulations to the students of Geneva on your amazing accomplishment! Our community invests substantial resources, time and money into our education system. Your parents, teachers, administrators and taxpayers have worked to provide you with the best opportunity they could; but alas, all their best efforts can only provide opportunity. It is up to each student to invest their own blood, sweat, and I’m sure more than a few tears, to take advantage of the opportunity presented and to be successful. Thank you for all your hard work and for taking your education as seriously as we do. It is a great feeling to know that everybody’s efforts have yielded such great results. Take a moment and enjoy the accolades. You have earned them. We are all very proud of your performance and wish you continued success in future endeavors.
Mike August 25, 2013 at 01:11 PM
^ Great point Steve. Everyone is trying to pat themselves on the back for the good test results. At the end of the day it's because the individual kids put in the work.

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