At Trigg County Middle School, 161 eighth graders took the EXPLORE assessment, which assesses English, mathematics, reading and science, and on a scoring scale of 1 – 25, the students had a composite score of 15, 0.1 points above the national average of 14.9, said Beth Sumner, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction for Trigg County Schools.
“The highest subject score of the students was in science at 16.3,” Sumner said in a press release. “This score was 0.4 points above the national average.”
The PLAN test, like the EXPLORE test, assesses English, mathematics, reading and science, but is designed for sophomores, and is designed to provide information that is needed to address school districts’ most pressing issues, said Hamby.
At Trigg County High School, 166 sophomores took the PLAN test and on a scale of 1 – 32, the students had a composite score of 17.3, an increase of 0.3 from the 2009 scores, and they also scored one point higher in mathematics from last year, Hamby said, adding that the national average was 17.5, so they were only 0.2 points behind that.
“Plan and Explore test scores serve as one indicator of how our district is doing in preparing students for college and/or career,” Hamby said in a press release. “We are encouraged that we are above the national average on the composite score for the PLAN test.”
Both the PLAN and EXPLORE tests are part of the ACT assessment series, and are designed to help school find areas of strengths and weaknesses for individual students and curriculum so they can make changes to improve teaching methods, said Sumner.