ACT scores inch up for DPS students

ACT scores for Detroit Public Schools high school students rose slightly while those for other students statewide largely remained flat, according to recently released data.

Scores for DPS students in all four areas – English, mathematics, reading and science – improved over the previous year.

In English, the average ACT score was 16, a .4 increase over last year. In mathematics there was a .2 increase, from 16.4 last year to 16.6. Reading scores jumped from 16.7 to 17.1 and Science from 17.3 to 17.6. In contrast, state scores were stagnant in three of the four areas tested. In the fourth area, science, scores went up from an average of 21.6 to 21.7.

“While we are not where we want to be we are pleased that we are making some improvement,” said William F. Coleman III, superintendent of the Detroit Public Schools. “The fact that we are outpacing the growth in state average is very encouraging to us. It shows that we are doing many things right.

Board member Tyrone Winfrey, the chair of the board’s curriculum and student achievement committee, added: “Our average composite score is the highest it’s been in five years. I believe that portends a bright future for our students and for the districts. We’ll keep refining our strategies for improving academic achievement. We will continue to search for innovative ways to engage students and to propel them toward success. The Detroit Public Schools is seeking measures to accentuate test preparation skills among high school students. In the future, we hope to build ACT and SAT test taking strategies into the curriculum.”

Winfrey is inviting the public to attend the board’s next academic achievement meeting on Thursday, October 19 at 6:30 pm at the DPS Welcome Center. One of the highlights of the meeting will be a test prep workshop facilitated by representatives of the Princeton Review.

About the Detroit Public Schools

The Detroit Public Schools, founded in 1842, is one of the nation’s largest public school systems. Detroit Public Schools is a school district of choice and is open to children who live outside the city. The District offers numerous competitive academic and career technical programs.

Among these world-class programs are the Foreign Language Immersion and Cultural Studies School, Michigan’s only public school of its kind; Davis Aerospace, one of few college prep high schools in the country where students can obtain a pilot’s license; the Detroit School of the Arts, a multiple award winning performing arts high school; and Crockett Technical High School, a digital technology high school.

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