July 28, 2014

Medina
Cloudy
63°F

Local students fare well on ACT exams

Medina County students performed better, on average, than students in the state and nation on this year’s ACT exams.

All seven Medina schools had overall composite ACT scores that were higher than the state and national averages for the college entrance exam taken by students.

Highland Schools led the pack with an overall composite score of 23.7, and Medina and Wadsworth schools tied for a close second at 23.4.

Buckeye Schools had an average composite score of 22.6, and Brunswick, Black River and Cloverleaf schools all had an average of 22, beating the state average of 21.8.

Randy Stepp, superintendent of Medina Schools, said he was pleased the scores had held steady over the last five years despite budget cuts.

“They’re pretty consistent, and I think that says a lot, especially considering the number of reductions we’ve had,” he said.

Medina Schools had the most students — 383 — take the test. Stepp said it was the highest number in the last five years.

At Cloverleaf Schools, 162 students took the test, curriculum director Robert Hevener said, up from 136 students two years ago. Sometimes testing more students can cause a slight slip in your overall average, he said.

“Those are just little details but overall I’m encouraged,” Hevener said. “We’re testing more students than in the past.”

The number of students taking the test should be considered when interpreting the scores.

While Brunswick and Black River Schools both had a 22 composite average, Brunswick tested 338 students, while Black River tested only 63 during the 2011-12 school year.

In the 2010-11 school year, only 38 percent of Black River graduates took the ACT, compared to 59 percent of Brunswick grads.

Wadsworth had the highest percentage of students taking the test that year, with 84 percent of graduates sitting for the exam.

Jerry Parsons, principal of Wadsworth High School, said he was pleased Wadsworth was a top performer and that other local school districts had strong test scores.

“We’re pretty proud of what our students do, whether it’s the ACTs or SATs, our students all achieve above the local levels,” he said. “Medina County is very fortunate to have such good schools.”

Percentages were not yet available for the 2011-12 school year.

While composite numbers for Medina County schools were above state averages, a few individual subject scores fell at or below state average.

The average English score for Brunswick students was 20.9, just shy of the state average of 21.1. At Cloverleaf High School, the average math score was 21.3, just shy of the 21.5 state average.

Contact Loren Genson at (330) 721-4063 or lgenson@medina-gazette.com.

ACT COMPOSITE SCORES, 2011-12

Highland: 23.7
Medina: 23.4
Wadsworth: 23.4
Buckeye: 22.6
Black River: 22.0
Brunswick: 22.0
Cloverleaf: 22.0
Ohio: 21.8
U.S.: 21.1

SOURCE: Local school districts and ACT