WCS students have raised the bar once again. According to the Tennessee Department of Education’s annual report card, the 2016 graduating class has surpassed the district goal of reaching an average ACT composite score of 24.
Although the TNDOE is reporting that the district average composite is 24.4, numerous errors were discovered in the data, and the Department has pledged to correct those mistakes in the days ahead, which will push the district’s average composite score to a 24.7.
Superintendent Dr. Mike Looney says this year’s record-breaking performance is extra special.
“I am extremely proud of the fact that we have now surpassed the district goal of reaching an average composite score of 24,” said Looney. “We have been working to accomplish this for a decade. It is important to me that the public understand that our 24.7 average composite score is, in part, a result of the state changing how ACT scores are reported. In past years, the TNDOE only reported students’ last score. I am thankful that they now have switched to counting students’ highest scores, which is what colleges across the country consider.”
Looney says he is equally impressed with the high percentage of WCS students who met the ACT benchmark needed to qualify for the Tennessee HOPE Scholarship. According to the latest figures, nearly 80 percent of WCS students earned this free college money.