Lake County Schools Find Success in ACT Scores
Waller, C. L., Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: C. L. Waller Daily Herald Staff Writer
The ACT score is as much a rite of passage for entire school districts as it is for students.
For some, the competition rivals the score of any high school football game. The numbers do count, particularly among districts that typically score high.
Among the highest this year in Lake County is Libertyville High School District 128.
Principal Joe Wojtena said the 24.1 composite earned by last spring's group of test-takers indicates the high school is one of the best in the state.
Schools striving for excellence place importance on the ACT score, which is a national indicator of success, he said.
"A school with 24.1 can compete with any school in the nation," he added.
Libertyville typically is among the highest scoring high schools in Lake County, and Wojtena said the success can be attributed to those teaching the students.
"If you want to have a good school, you must fill it up with good teachers," he said. "Our faculty and staff should take a bow."
At neighboring Stevenson High School, the composite ACT score of 24 is the highest in the history of the Lincolnshire-based school district.
"I think it answers the question about whether Stevenson will still be able to serve its students as it continues to become bigger," Stevenson High School District 125 Superintendent Richard P. DuFour said. "We get good kids and have parents who want their kids to do well."
While other schools may downplay the importance of the standardized test, Stevenson looks at the test as a way for students to gain admittance to better colleges.
They may be particularly helpful to students whose grades fall in the middle of the class rankings. They have an opportunity to shine with a strong showing on the ACT test, school officials say.
Mundelein High School's composite ACT scores have been consistent for the past five years, averaging about 21.9.
School officials would prefer if the scores were rising, but also note they aren't dropping as a result of newer teaching practices that focus on hands-on learning or developing life skills. …