ACT Readiness scores increase across the state


The Wisconsin Department of Instruction released statewide ACT Readiness Benchmarks and the results are promising.

For the first time since 11th graders began taking the test in 2009, there has been an increase in all four areas of the exam.  For Milwaukee Public Schools, the largest school district in the state, a percentage of their students had increased scores too. According to a news release from Milwaukee Public Schools, more students are college ready.

“We are making progress toward having more MPS students better prepared for college,” said MPS Superintendent Darienne Driver. “While this demonstrates some improvement, the change is incremental, and we have much more work to do. As a district, we will continue to aggressively implement strategies designed to improve academic achievement.”

Read more about what MPS is doing to increase student success and college readiness:

  • MPS is increasing the number of students who are engaged in high-level classwork and offering more opportunities for students to succeed
  • The number of students participating in college-level Advanced Placement and/or International Baccalaureate classes is up 40 percent from the 2013-14 school year
  • One out of every five MPS high school students is now taking college-level courses
  • MPS participates in SpringBoard, a rigorous, national Pre-Advanced Placement curriculum designed to increase student participation in AP classes and to improve student success
  • More than 40 MPS schools participate in Project Lead the Way, a hands-on STEM experience that prepares students for AP course work and STEM careers
  • MPS will launch a new initiative this month – Breakfast Club: A Saturday Academy – to help MPS high school students catch up, keep up and get ahead
  • The district is increasing robust course offerings in career and technical education, expansion of the ProStart culinary arts program, a redesign of the Vincent High School agriculture program and growth of NAF academies in healthcare, technology and business
  • Working with Milwaukee Area Technical College and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, MPS is launching M³, a collaborative effort to help create a K-16 educational pipeline for students

Also released today from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction are the results of the Wisconsin Forward Exam, which is administered to elementary students in English Language Arts, mathematics, science and social studies. High school students take the social studies exam.


More more, visit Milwaukee Public Schools website.


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