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Pittsburg High School ACT Scores At or Above National Average:New Curriculum and AP Classes Credited

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  Pittsburg high school sees a jump in ACT scores with students averaging at or above the national average.

     It's the high light of a five year trend of improving scores.

Senior Shelbi Heikes has taken the ACT twice. Her score jumped two full points the second time. And eight points in the English section alone. She credits her rigorous advanced composition and other advanced placement classes.

Shelbi says, “It’s like you're getting the same feel in the classroom as the test. Like the high, quick pace and how quickly you have  to recall information and how quickly you have to problem solve.”

A show of hands in one class showed about ninety-five percent take college credit or advanced placement classes. But school wide there's also been a new focus on what’s called a close read.

Geometry teacher and former ACT prep class instructor Kris Mengarelli explains, "Read the question so you know what answer you’re trying to go for.  Those little things that would be across the curriculum, reading and writing, and how well they understand it,  can make a big difference  in how they score."

Shelbi adds, "So, we're being taught to actually be able to read information that we're not interested in and actually understand it."

Besides the changes in school wide curriculum some students  take the act prep class which happens every day in their schedule and a chance to learn strategies not just what's on the test.  

Derrick Sumner takes the class and says, "We do a lot of timed writing so we can be prepared for how fast we can do each question. And it’s helping a lot because we're starting out really slow. And we might not get through all the questions but then as we're going through it and doing more practice we get better."

Macy Frasco, who took the class and the test says, "The act prep class definitely helped me on how to focus on the questions when you're on time sets."

Mengarelli adds, "Sixty questions on the math test with sixty minutes. So you learn you need to  work fast and quick and trust yourself a little bit."

Macy says the prep class gave her confidence.  And now PHS scores are doing that too.

Jordan Eller, another ACT prep student says, "Just seeing, like who’s taken it and how good their scores have been,  it kind of makes me feel better  since I’m in the class. Maybe I’ll do better."

    The principal says this means the district is on the right track but will use this information to set even higher goals.

  

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