Studies show that when more students take a national test that scores typically tend to drop, but this was not the case for Klein ISD students. The composite score for the district was 22.9, which surpassed the state mark by 2.1 points and the national average by 1.8. Additionally, Klein ISD students exceeded state scores in English, math, reading and science by at least two points.
“The district’s year-long benchmark tests play a huge part in preparing Klein ISD students for the ACT," said Cynthia Galindo, instructional officer for advanced academic services. "The district's common assessments give all students an opportunity to practice timed tests in each content area, and at a similar level of difficulty as the ACT."
Results showed that the Klein ISD class of 2012 was also better prepared for college courses than their counterparts statewide. According to the ACT, a benchmark score indicates whether or not a student has a better than average chance of making a C or higher in the corresponding college course. Klein ISD students recorded double-digit percentage points ahead of the state benchmark scores in all categories on average.
“Along with practicing test strategies with the benchmark assessments, preparation for the ACT is part of daily instruction through constant vocabulary building and reading challenging text," said Susan Borg, Ed.D., associate superintendent for instruction and student services.
Borg also noted that the Klein ISD provides its high school students with opportunities to enroll in test-specific workshops throughout the school year. These workshops are offered by both the ZAPs Learning Company and the Sycamore Learning Company, which have proven successes in helping students prepare for college entrance exams.
In July 2013, the Klein ISD will host its first summer college readiness camp called Get College Ready Right Now! Sessions during the camp will target ACT content, the nuances of both the SAT and ACT exams, and test-taking strategies for ACT, Advanced Placement (AP), PSAT and SAT.
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