Boyle County High School’s Class of 2013 earned the highest ACT scores in the school district’s history, according to a report recently released by the Kentucky Department of Education.
Juniors from the 2011-12 school year earned an average of 20.0 on the ACT, which is higher than the average scores for Danville and Mercer, Burgin, Garrard, Casey, Anderson and Jessamine counties. Boyle County’s ACT scores were ranked 24th out of 174 school districts.
Kentucky’s Unbridled Learning accountability model includes a college/career readiness component, through which schools and districts will be held accountable for the percentage of students who are considered ready for college and/or careers. The college-ready indicator includes students who met the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education Systemwide Benchmarks for reading (20), English (18) and mathematics (19) on any administration of the ACT.
Boyle County made a conscious effort to raise its ACT scores, even though the data shows scores are consistently high in the district. The lowest score Boyle County had in recent years was for juniors taking the test in 2007-2008. The average ACT score that year was 18.7.
“We’re constantly improving every year,” said David Young, Boyle assistant superintendent. “What this really means is that more of our kids are ready for college and a successful future.”
“The higher each student scores, the better chances they have for getting scholarships and gaining admission to the very best colleges,” Boyle Superintendent Mike LaFavers said.
Boyle’s success would not have been possible without a concerted effort from students, parents, teachers and administrators, the superintendent noted.
More data related to school districts’ performance in the state’s college/career readiness program will be released by October.