Below I have gathered information for you to better understand your student's ACT score report. The test he or she took was unofficial, but was produced by ACT itself and used actual ACT questions. We are studying the data from these tests to improve our enrichment classes for next year's 7th and 8th grade students as we continue to prepare them for required ACT testing in high school and beyond. These enrichment classes will be taught during the third 9 weeks next year and will culminate in your student taking another free simulation ACT. The enrichment will also benefit them in their regular, required classes. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us.
Marvin Feezell, principal
Your 7th grade student took a full, unofficial ACT test on March 24, 2017. We scored this test using GradeCam software at the school as only 8th grade students took the test district-wide through Cambridge Educational Services. 7th graders took the same test as 8th graders. You will receive a copy of their answers and results in purple folders on Monday, April 24. You can find a free download of the test itself here: https://www.act.org/content/dam/act/unsecured/documents/Preparing-for-the-ACT.pdf
Your 8th grade student took a full, unofficial ACT test on March 24, 2017. Our district provided score report services for all 8th graders. You received a copy of their answers and results in purple folders on Tuesday, April 18. You can find a free download of the test itself here: https://www.act.org/content/dam/act/unsecured/documents/Preparing-for-the-ACT.pdf
Understanding your student's scores:
The ACT is designed for the end of the junior year of high school. As we expressed earlier, we are exposing students to the test early and giving them strategies for future high school success as this is a required test in high school. According to ACT, the benchmark scores for college readiness in high school are:
English - 18
Math - 22
Reading - 22
Science - 23
Composite - 21
The composite score is simply the average of the English, Math, Reading, and Science tests rounded to the nearest whole number. Your student is not expected to produce these scores in middle school, however many students have done so in one or more areas of the test! In order to appreciate and understand your student's performance as a middle school student, below are links to articles which consider their age and educational level.
Duke University Talent Identification Program -- The Duke TiP program collects data on high-performing 7th grade students. Page 3 of this article contains an ACT chart that provides a percentile ranking for scores versus TOP PERFORMING 7TH GRADERS IN THE NATION. Again, these percentiles do not represent the average student, but they do provide data about the highest performing students in 7th grade. https://tip.duke.edu/sites/default/files/atoms/files/7gts-results-summary.pdf
PrepScholar -- PrepScholar is a private company that provides ACT/SAT courses for students. We are not promoting this site or its services, however they performed some interesting mathematical calculations using the Duke data found above. Extrapolating the scores of the students in the TiP program, they created a mathematical model of what percentiles MAY look like if the test were taken by all 7th or 8th grade students. These percentiles are not based entirely on hard data, but they do give us some idea of how our students may fare versus their peers.
7th grade chart: http://blog.prepscholar.com/whats-a-good-7th-grade-act-/-sat-score
8th grade chart: http://blog.prepscholar.com/whats-a-good-8th-grade-act-/-sat-score