Pulaski Community School District ACT Statewide assessment score improves

Students improved the Pulaski Community School District’s average ACT Statewide test score to 21.3 in the 2015-16 school year compared to the 21 it scored the year previously.

The ACT assessment measures English, reading, math, science, and writing performance, and was administered statewide via paper/pencil to approximately 64,000 students in grade 11. Last year, 246  PHS juniors took ELA and writing portions of the ACT while 247 took the English, reading, math and science sections. 

Pulaski students taking the test improved from 2014-2015 to 2015-2016 in reading (20.4; 21.5); writing (6.4; 16.8); math (22.5; 22.7) and science (20.5; 21.5).  They stayed the same in English with 19.9 both years while ELA dropped from 19.8 in 2014-2015 to 19.1 in 2015-2016. (The writing score used a different calculation between 2015 and 2016 so it isn’t a direct comparison.)

Pulaski students finished higher than the state average of 20.1. Individually, PCSD finished higher than the state average in all content areas of test of ELA (19.1; 18.6), English (19.9; 19.1), math (22.7; 20.1), reading (20.5; 20.0), science (21.5; 20.5) and writing (16.8; 16.7).

Pulaski’s average composite score was better than comparable local schools in the Fox River Classic Conference including Ashwaubenon 21.0, Green Bay Area Public Schools 18.2, Manitowoc 19.7 and Sheboygan 19.1  but trailed behind DePere 21.9 and Howard Suamico 21.5.

“I am excited to review our scores further during upcoming committee work to delve into ways we can grow from these results.,” said PHS principal Jeremy Pach. “There is always room for growth.”

The school district increased its percentage of students ACT deems college ready from 62 percent in 2014-2015 to 62.3 percent in 2015-2016.

Earlier this year, ACT released a separate set of scores called the ACT Graduates that accounted for the test scores of all sophomore, junior and senior students. That set of numbers was meant to show college readiness for the graduating class of 2016.

PCSD scored higher than the state average with a  21.5 score compared to a state average of 20.5.

Pulaski’s score dropped from 24.1 in 2015. However, that was expected, according to Pach, because in 2016 all juniors in the state were required to take the ACT regardless of whether or not they intended to go to college. 

“Comparing the numbers from 2015 to 2016 is not an apples-to-apples comparison,” Pach said.

PCSD tested 232 students in 2016 compared to 186 in 2015.

In all areas, Pulaski students finished higher than the state average. In English, Pulaski scored 20.5 compared to the state average of 19.7. Other subjects and their comparisons to the state average include: math, Pulaski, 22.8; state, 20.4; reading, Pulaski, 21; state, 20.7; and science, Pulaski, 21.1; state, 20.7.

“If this is an indication of college readiness, we believe this shows Pulaski students leave here ready for the rigors of college academics,” Pach said.