According to statistics released Monday by assistant superintendent Beth Sumner, TCHS juniors had a composite score of 18.0, 0.2 points below the state composite score of 18.2 and 0.2 points higher than Trigg’s score last year.
Trigg was lower than the state average in math (18.0 to 18.2), reading (18.0 to 18.4) and science (18.1 to 18.5) and higher in English (17.6 to 17.3). Trigg reported increases over 2008 scores in English (0.9) and math (0.6) and decreases in reading and science (both 0.2).
State benchmarks are set at 18 or higher for English scores, 22 or higher for math, 21 or higher for reading and 24 or higher for science. In English, 50 percent of Trigg students met the benchmark in English (vs. 46 percent of state students); 21 percent met math (equal to state); 26 percent met reading (vs. 30 percent state); and 13 percent met science (vs. 16 percent state).
At TCHS, 11 percent of students met all four college readiness benchmarks, equal to the state percentage.
“Overall, we’re pleased,” Sumner said of the school district’s response to the scores. “There are still some areas we’ve got to continue to work on, but there’s always room for improvement.”
Sumner said the district is particularly proud of one achievement, a 1.5-point composite score increase from one of the school’s minority groups.
Members of the TCHS staff are participating in the Pennyrile P-16 Council’s College Readiness grant. Teachers attended a program in July that will help them prepare their students for ACT testing and improve areas of weakness for students.