As students across the nation prepare for the October 27th ACT testing date, the organization that distributes the ACT test has released the 2018 Condition of College & Career Readiness Report. This annual report provides state testing data and the latest testing trends among students. According to ACT, the national average composite score dipped in 2018 from the previous year. The same downward trend was also seen among Louisiana’s Class of 2018.
At Episcopal, that trend does not hold true.
Episcopal students have consistently performed better on the ACT over the last four years with a 9.38% improvement. Upper School Division Head Tom Forti says this is thanks in part to the solid academic foundation that students are provided every day in every division in every class. According to the ACT College Readiness report, research has shown this to be true, with the rigor of coursework having the greatest impact on ACT performance and college readiness.
opportunity to prepare tomorrow’s leaders to make a difference in the world. “Our teachers are some of the most caring individuals, always providing support and encouragement while also pushing students to be their best academic self,” he says.
Episcopal teachers provide students the opportunity for a personalized, advanced education. Click here to read more about personalized options at Episcopal. Teachers know when a student is ready to advance to a more challenging course and they are there to support students along the way. Learning at your own pace has its benefits. According to ACT, “students who take Algebra 1, Algebra 2 and Geometry typically achieve higher ACT Mathematics scores than students who take less than three years of mathematics. In addition, students who take more advanced mathematics courses substantially increase their ACT Mathematics score.” At Episcopal, it is common for students to take advanced math courses, such as Honors Geometry or even Calculus BC, when they are ready, regardless of any predetermined track.
In addition to strong academic support, students also receive tremendous social/emotional support, beginning as early as Lower School. “You’re not going to fall through the cracks here,” says Forti. “You’re always on someone’s radar.” Being on a teacher’s radar means that teachers know and care when a student is struggling. Teachers are aware of when students need additional support, such as an extension, a study hall or even just a listening ear.
Supportive teachers, accessible College Counselors and a network of families and alumni, together create a strong school community committed to mission-appropriate students. Perhaps Episcopal’s greatest strength is this sense of community and a passion for excellence and exploration. Episcopal students have the opportunity to pursue their interests and push their limits, thanks to the unrelenting support and guidance of faculty and staff.
Episcopal students are performing at high levels on national tests, with consistent improvement every year despite national trends. Tangible examples of the strength of the Episcopal community are reflected in improving ACT scores, consistent high performance on the PSAT resulting in significant National Merit recognition and high numbers of AP Scholars. Recent success points to a community not only healthy, but flourishing.
While test scores are impressive, the numbers cannot accurately tell the story. The Episcopal story is witnessed and felt as students take the stage for the first time in Lower School, or as an athlete earns extra playing time or even as the list of colleges and universities accepting Episcopal students grows. The Episcopal legacy is strong, as evidenced by the alumni who continue to enroll their children at their alma mater and by the community that continues to entrust the school with the hopes of the next generation.