AHS ACT scores above state average
for the third year in a row

Altus High School ACT scores continue to rank above the state average

According to the most current ACT report, Altus High School student ACT scores are above the state of Oklahoma average for the third year in a row.  Data released in August of 2016 documents the trends for Altus High School and the State of Oklahoma over a five-year period. The 2016 graduating class of AHS had an average composite score of 21.1 compared to the 20.4 average across the state.

 “Altus High School students have maintained ACT scores that are above state averages for the past three years.  About 74% of the 2016 graduating class participated in the ACT exam.  I am very proud and encouraged by the trend in ACT scores from our students. This trend indicates that the rigor of coursework that is provided to students is increasing and reflects well on the teachers who help prepare students to take the ACT and is a good indicator of a student’s potential success in post-secondary education courses,” stated High School Principal, Rita Beisel. 

The emphasis placed on reading in all classrooms in grades Pre-K through 12th grade is continuing to pay dividends as the average reading score for AHS graduates is 1.5 points higher than the state average.  The 2016 composite reading score of 22.8 is another .4 gain after 2015’s full point increase.

"Our ACT scores at Altus High School continue to show an upward trend that far exceeds the state average.  That's a reflection of many factors including the dedication of our entire staff and the emphasis we've place on reading as a district-wide goal.  There is a strong correlation between reading comprehension and its relationship to success in other academic subjects," responded Superintendent Roger Hill.

Hill went on to say, "Our entire community benefits by having a student population that is college or career ready.  The ACT scores is one of the best indicators we have to make that determination."

According to the report, 66% of Altus students who have concurrently enrolled in college English Composition are more likely to obtain a B average in corresponding credit-bearing college courses.  This is .5% higher than others across the state. 

Altus Chamber of Commerce CEO, Brian Bush stated, The latest ACT results are yet another example of the strong education system in Altus, and they reflect a pattern of success that is both reassuring to families and exciting to business owners.  Parents can know the outstanding education their children are receiving in Altus means those students are being prepared for a bright future, and employers can be confident there is a talented, educated workforce right here in Altus ready to take their businesses to the next level.” 

Bush added, “I am so proud of the dedicated educators in the Altus school system and so thankful that my own children are receiving such a quality education.”













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#Jrobgov is taking twitter by storm this political season.  What is #Jrobgov?  Jessica Robinson, AP Government teacher at Altus High School would tell you it is a way for her to connect to her students about government topics on their time and in their world.  #Jrobgov is a social media hashtag that her students and others have used all school year to discuss political topics.  It began in the fall semester as an opportunity to offer bonus points to students for being politically engaged.  “I was really inspired by George Couros who did professional development with APS staff during in service. We used twitter to interact throughout the day, and he spoke about the importance of digital citizenship for students,” Robinson said.  “Government is a great place to utilize social media, because everything we discuss has a 'real world it's happening right now' example. I thought during an election year it would be fun to use the debates as a platform to exercise political science methodology.”  

The response from the students has been overwhelming.  “I've learned that students need and crave worthwhile meaningful discussion,” stated Robinson. #Jrobgov has been trending during most debates, which measures the volumes of tweets.  Even representatives from the state of Oklahoma have liked our student's tweets.

“Young people notoriously have a low voter turnout, and I feel like engaging them in the debates has encouraged them to be civically aware,” Robinson added.  Walker Sacco summed it up in a tweet where he said, "We feel like political pundits every time we do this." Ms. Robinson has registered 30 new voters just this semester, and she believes the twitter debates outside of class have played a large part in that.  On October 13, senior Leticia Sanchez tweeted, “My first Presidential debate and I never want it to end. LOL #jrobgov”

Students in Robinson’s government classes have participated in mock house floor debates after choosing parties, electing leadership, researching demographics, and working in committees.  They also set up mock elections for Super Tuesday.  If you find yourself still undecided in which candidate to support or are curious about the political minds of high school students, search #jrobgov on twitter.  You might be surprised what you learn!



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