FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OCONOMOWOC, WI – October 5, 2018. The Wisconsin ACT at grade 11 measures performance in ELA (English, Reading, and Writing), mathematics, and science and is a college admissions exam taken by students nationwide. The test is part of the Wisconsin Student Assessment System. ACT cut scores are rigorous and aligned to national College Readiness Benchmarks and Wisconsin proficiency standards.
By offering the ACT statewide, all grade 11 students, regardless of family circumstances, have the opportunity to participate in a college readiness assessment. Before the ACT was a required statewide assessment, about 70% of OHS graduates took the ACT.
Improving access to post-secondary readiness options is one way to close our achievement gap and address equity issues in Wisconsin. Students can choose to send their scores to up to four colleges or universities at no cost.
ACT statewide 11th grade results are reported as scores for all sections and College Ready / Not College Ready for English, Mathematics, Reading and Science. These results are also reported as scale scores (1-36) and the performance categories Below Basic, Basic, Proficient and Advanced for ELA, Mathematics and Science. These performance categories are Wisconsin-specific and may not be available in other states or nationally.
See https://dpi.wi.gov/assessment/act/data/proficiency for more information about performance categories.
OHS ACT Results at Grade 11
Approximately 414 OHS grade 11 students took the ACT during the spring of 2018.
On a 1-36 scale (except for writing 2-12), OHS students earned an average ACT composite score (20.7) higher than the Wisconsin benchmark (19.8). The OHS performance advantage was greatest in math (+1.0), and a nice performance increase in English (+0.9)
Based on the analysis of our spring 2018 ACT results, we note the following:
- The number of OHS students who took the ACT: 414
- The average ACT composite score for OHS students: 20.7 (WI PR=78)
- OHS students scored above statewide averages in all subjects:
- English=19.7, Math=20.9, Reading=20.8, Science=20.9, Writing=6.7
4. OHS female students scored significantly higher than male students on the English and reading tests
ACT Comparisons: Waukesha County High Schools
- Waukesha County is home to some of highest performing schools in Wisconsin
- OHS students scored below the Waukesha County 50th percentile in all subjects