Archive for Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Tonganoxie High School offering new ACT prep program

October 1, 2013

Tonganoxie High School officials are hoping THS students take advantage of an ACT preparatory program, which in turn could help the recent slump in test scores.

THS principal Jamie Carlisle announced Friday during an assembly that the district would be providing test preparation offerings.

Students can use the John Baylor Test Prep online program to better prepare for the ACT. THS students who sign up for the program can utilize the program whenever they wish, but specific time also would be dedicated during Triple-A on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Triple-A classes at THS are homeroom periods for students.

The offerings come weeks after the district learned that THS students’ 2013 ACT scores lagged behind the state average in all categories and were a drop from the previous year in all categories.

The biggest drop from the previous school year came in English. USD 464’s average was 20.5, down from 21.6 in 2012. All other areas — math, reading, science and composite — saw a drop of less than a point.

The number of students taking the test also was down in 2013 when 73 THS students took the test. That was a drop from 93 in 2012.

If interest in taking the ACT this school year is any indication, THS could have its highest number of ACT takers in recent years.

Nearly 120 students signed up for online test preparation program — 59 juniors and 59 seniors.

The John Baylor Test Prep program cost the district nearly $3,000, Superintendent Randy Weseman said.

Groundbreaking set for new school

The Tonganoxie USD 464 school board will have a groundbreaking ceremony for its new elementary school during its Oct. 14 regular meeting.

The meeting, which normally takes place at the high school library, will start at 6 p.m. at Tonganoxie Middle School. The ceremony will be southeast of the middle school where the new school will be built.

Districts voters approved a $27.2 million bond issue last year to fund the school, which will be home to classes in grades kindergarten through fifth. When the building is finished, TMS will go from a 5-8 building to 6-8. State aid will contribute $9.3 million.


noway 4 years, 8 months ago

Number of students taking the test down by apprx. 22% is a very alarming factor. Test scores down has been the trend here for some time now. Maybe we should examine classroom time and how it is spent. "Triple A " is a joke. Giving a grade and credit for basically "study time" is just a GPA booster and a way to get kids enough credits to get them thru the system. Maybe use "triple A" as an ACT study session. Class time used for teaching -wow. My kids have not learned one thing in Triple A, other than it is an easy A and it inflates their GPA . The most disturbing item in this article is the fact that there is only this comment. Yikes!


Sassy 4 years, 8 months ago

I think it is GREAT they are offering this additional tool for students to prep for the ACT. Kudos to the district for funding it.

Unfortunately, it's a little late for the Class of 2014. Many universities have scholarship deadlines in just a few short weeks. Hopefully, they'll utilize these tools to improve their scores for the private scholarships and other opportunities that are abundant this time of year. There needs to be a big push for the juniors to get involved with it now and sophomores starting in the spring. In reality, students should be taking it for the first time the beginning of their junior year so they have a solid score by - at the latest - the Sept test their Senior year. I believe a large number are probably surprised by their score the first go round. They also need to communicate that the 4.0 doesn't mean a lot in the grand scheme of scholarship dollars. Zip. You can have a 4.0 with a 21 ACT and it will not get you far in the scholarship race for money.

I hope to see more changes in the coming year or two in making sure our students are prepared for what is after high school - whether it's entering the work force, vocational school, community college or a 4 year university.


paydirt 4 years, 8 months ago

How about just making academics a priority? This wouldn't be necessary with some rigor in the curriculum.


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