More juniors taking ACT lead to lower overall scores

1 year 11 months 1 week ago Friday, September 02 2016 Sep 2, 2016 Friday, September 02, 2016 3:23:00 PM CDT September 02, 2016 in News
By: Zach Groppe, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

Columbia- Columbia Public Schools, and the state of Missouri, has seen a drop in ACT scores the past couple of years, but CPS believes there is a good reason behind it.

Starting in 2015 Junior level high school students were able to take the ACT once, free of charge, with the state of Missouri paying for it.

The overall composite score for CPS dropped from 23.2, in 2015, to 21.4, in 2016, but the drop didn’t exactly catch the district off guard.

“Our composite score did drop slightly, but the number of students taking the exam grew significantly, and so that’s something that is a trade-off and of course we hope to be able to continue to improve and to maintain the high scores that we do have here in Columbia Public schools but it was an expected decrease,” Community Relations Director CPS, Michelle Baumstark, said.

Baumstark also thinks the overall drop will be beneficial to those students, who in past years, would not have been able to take the test.

“It’s a motivational factor for them. They might have considered themselves to be college bound prior to that, and so certainly it opens up some opportunities for them to say you know what, this is something I can do. They might have self-selected or self-limited themselves prior to this opportunity being made available and so were really excited about that,” she said.

Juniors have a chance to explore more opportunities but they also gain more experience taking the test once, for free, and before their Senior year.

The number of students taking the ACT in Columbia Public Schools did grow by over 2,000 from 2015 to 2016 giving more students a chance to consider their future schooling options.

“Being able to provide the ACT exam to all of our students, free of charge, definitely creates an opportunity for access that students might not have been able to take advantage of previously. Whether it be a deterrent because of the cost of the exam or because maybe they thought they weren’t college material,” Baumstark said.

Overall, CPS is still above the national average when it comes to ACT scores, and now there are more opportunities for more high school kids.

More News

Grid
List
CALLAWAY COUNTY - A crash east of Kingdom City has westbound traffic on I-70 closed at the moment. The... More >>
10 minutes ago Wednesday, August 15 2018 Aug 15, 2018 Wednesday, August 15, 2018 8:09:28 AM CDT August 15, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Two medical marijuana November ballot measures are going to court ahead of the election, less than three months... More >>
1 hour ago Wednesday, August 15 2018 Aug 15, 2018 Wednesday, August 15, 2018 7:13:00 AM CDT August 15, 2018 in News
(CNN) -- A new grand jury report says that internal documents from six Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania show that more... More >>
1 hour ago Wednesday, August 15 2018 Aug 15, 2018 Wednesday, August 15, 2018 6:20:00 AM CDT August 15, 2018 in News
BEVIER, Mo. (AP) — A suspect is hospitalized after being shot by a sheriff's deputy in north-central Missouri. Macon... More >>
2 hours ago Wednesday, August 15 2018 Aug 15, 2018 Wednesday, August 15, 2018 6:11:00 AM CDT August 15, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The Boone County Sheriff's Department is investigating a shots fired case in northeast Columbia. Around 2 a.m.... More >>
3 hours ago Wednesday, August 15 2018 Aug 15, 2018 Wednesday, August 15, 2018 4:50:00 AM CDT August 15, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Assistant Police Chief John Gordon says the police department will be beefing up patrols in downtown Columbia this... More >>
8 hours ago Tuesday, August 14 2018 Aug 14, 2018 Tuesday, August 14, 2018 11:30:00 PM CDT August 14, 2018 in News
KANSAS CITY - Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer announced he is conceding the race for the Republican nomination for the governorship.... More >>
12 hours ago Tuesday, August 14 2018 Aug 14, 2018 Tuesday, August 14, 2018 8:18:00 PM CDT August 14, 2018 in News
JOPLIN (AP) — A Missouri organizer for a medical marijuana initiative is suing to remove two other related initiatives from... More >>
13 hours ago Tuesday, August 14 2018 Aug 14, 2018 Tuesday, August 14, 2018 7:18:59 PM CDT August 14, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - MU researchers say they've hit a "milestone" in developing a cancer treatment that could be more effective than... More >>
13 hours ago Tuesday, August 14 2018 Aug 14, 2018 Tuesday, August 14, 2018 6:57:00 PM CDT August 14, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Voters will now be able to decide whether or not they approve of a gas tax increase,... More >>
13 hours ago Tuesday, August 14 2018 Aug 14, 2018 Tuesday, August 14, 2018 6:37:00 PM CDT August 14, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - A judge ruled against Traveler Indemnity Company in a lawsuit stemming from Ryan Ferguson's wrongful prosecution and conviction... More >>
14 hours ago Tuesday, August 14 2018 Aug 14, 2018 Tuesday, August 14, 2018 5:24:00 PM CDT August 14, 2018 in News
(CNN) -- The Indiana woman who lost nine members of her family in a duck boat sinking last month in... More >>
15 hours ago Tuesday, August 14 2018 Aug 14, 2018 Tuesday, August 14, 2018 4:56:00 PM CDT August 14, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - A new state law on temporary license permits is just two weeks away from being enforced. The... More >>
16 hours ago Tuesday, August 14 2018 Aug 14, 2018 Tuesday, August 14, 2018 4:02:00 PM CDT August 14, 2018 in News
VERSAILLES - The Morgan County Sheriff's Office said a man died from a gunshot wound on Sunday, and Versailles police... More >>
18 hours ago Tuesday, August 14 2018 Aug 14, 2018 Tuesday, August 14, 2018 1:45:00 PM CDT August 14, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - With school starting today for Columbia Public Schools students, some construction projects are finished while others are just... More >>
18 hours ago Tuesday, August 14 2018 Aug 14, 2018 Tuesday, August 14, 2018 1:44:00 PM CDT August 14, 2018 in News
Jefferson City - One person was injured in a car crash on the Missouri River Bridge on Tuesday. The... More >>
20 hours ago Tuesday, August 14 2018 Aug 14, 2018 Tuesday, August 14, 2018 11:48:00 AM CDT August 14, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - An Osage County judge ruled in favor of Missouri Secretary of State Jay Aschroft on Tuesday in... More >>
20 hours ago Tuesday, August 14 2018 Aug 14, 2018 Tuesday, August 14, 2018 11:34:43 AM CDT August 14, 2018 in News
BEVIER - The Missouri State Highway Patrol is investigating a deputy-involved shooting in Macon County. The man whom a... More >>
21 hours ago Tuesday, August 14 2018 Aug 14, 2018 Tuesday, August 14, 2018 10:32:00 AM CDT August 14, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 71°
9am 72°
10am 74°
11am 76°
12pm 77°