Air: Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Congratulations to educators, parents and high school students on the second consecutive year of improvement among students taking the ACT test.
The ACT is one of two tests used by colleges as an entrance exam. State officials were quick to attribute the small increase in the test scores to what they called "raised expectations" for students to do better in math and English. The state's news release did not mention Common Core by name, but there were many references to the raised standards among other things that were done to improve test scores.
The new scores may not do much to quiet the debate over Common Core, but they do deserve at least a small celebration, and they should remind us that a rigorous effort is still required for Louisiana public education to ascend to a nationally competitive standing.