Editor's note: The following information was provided to Patch via a news release from the Elmbrook School District.
Brookfield East and Central High Schools achieved strong ACT scores, with an all-time high percentage of students taking the college entrance exam. Brookfield East’s 2013 average ACT composite score was 25.3, and Brookfield Central’s composite was 24.5.
This created a School District of Elmbrook composite score of 24.9, a slight dip from the 2012 District composite of 25.4. Student participation increased from 84.5 percent in 2011-12 to 87.4 percent in 2012-13.
Wisconsin's average score was 22.1, according to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.
“We are encouraged by the increased participation rate and sustained achievement results,” said Superintendent Mark Hansen. “Through their ACT participation, the Class of 2013 reflects our shared value of a post-secondary education, and their overall achievement earned the 2013 graduates over $4.5 million in post-secondary scholarships, which is the most accumulated by any Elmbrook class.”
The ACT exam assesses high school students' general educational development and their ability to complete college-level coursework. The exam is a key predictor of academic success in college, and it is the most commonly used college admissions test in the region. Over the last 10 years, Elmbrook has increased its composite score from 24.1 in 2002-2003 to 24.9 in 2012- 2013. In addition, nearly 10 percent more students took the ACT in 2012-2013 (87.4 percent) than in 2002-2003 (77.8 percent).
“Historically, Elmbrook has outpaced its benchmark districts across the state in both participation and composite score," said Emily Greiber, director of data, assessment, and accountability. As the state funds ACT’s Aspire for all school districts in 2014-2015, which includes the college entrance exam, we look forward to maintaining our high achievement scores with 100 percent participation.”
ACT has recognized both Brookfield East and Brookfield Central consistently for their sustained high achievement levels. Each school has earned the Red Quill and Red Quill Legacy awards over the past four years.