The performance of students in Proviso Township High Schools District 209 is approaching that of the rest of the state’s students on the ACT college entrance exam.
Students from Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Math and Science Academy averaged a 17 out of a possible 36 on the reading portion of the ACT, an increase of one point from 2012. District students also averaged an 18 on the mathematics portion of the exam, and a 17 on the science portion.
Despite being below the state average of 20 out of 36 on the three portions of the exam and below the college readiness benchmark on the exam, District 209 students continued to approach the performance students in the rest of the state of Illinois. This includes the upward trend that both District and state students performed on the reading portion of the test.
Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209, said that he District goal is to always meet or exceed the state average.
"This is a move in the right direction, and is the result of our teachers and administration working together to improve student performance across the board," she said. "But we still have work to do and we need to make a trend of improvement in all areas across multiple years. We hope to continue this positive progress and efforts that we have been doing to continue to move forward in the education of our students."
Students at the District’s three schools have been active again this year in a series on preparation programs to prepare for this year’s ACT and Prairie State Achievement Exam, which will be held on April 23 and 24, 2014. Junior students will be eligible to apply to participate in the Cambridge ACT Prep Program based on their scores on the ACT Practice Exam that they took in October. The program, which meets on Saturdays, provides practice and test-taking tips. In addition, all juniors will participate in test prep activities in their classes and the Cambridge ScoreCelerator workshop, which is designed to boost their test scores. Also, all teachers in core area subjects will participate in the Cambridge TestDemystifier professional development workshop.