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Mequon-Thiensville ACT Scores Remain High in 2011

Aug. 19, 2011

MEQUON, Wis. – The Mequon-Thiensville School District’s composite ACT score is among the best in Wisconsin in a year that saw improved scores statewide.

The District’s average score, 25.6, is well above the state average of 22.2. In Mequon-Thiensville, 333 students took the ACT, representing 89 percent of graduates.

“Mequon-Thiensville continues to be a very high-performing school district, and it is because of the hard work and dedication of our students and teachers,” said Dr. Demond Means, Superintendent. “We strongly emphasize college and career readiness in our school district, which is demonstrated by these great scores.”

This year saw record participation in the ACT across Wisconsin, with 71 percent of all 2011 graduates taking the exam. The state average improved by 0.1 from last year, and there was also slight progress made in closing the achievement gap in scores for minority students. Overall, Wisconsin’s composite score was above the national average of 21.1.

“We are proud to have one of the highest composite ACT scores in a state that is above average when compared nationally,” Means said. “However, we are committed to continuous improvement and will aim for even better scores next year. It is clear that we want to increase the percentage of students who meet the ACT college readiness benchmark.”

ACT’s College Readiness Benchmarks are the minimum ACT test scores required for students to have a high probability of success in credit-bearing college courses, including English composition, social sciences, algebra and biology. In addition to the benchmarks for the ACT test, there are corresponding EXPLORE and PLAN benchmarks for use by students who take these programs in the 8th and 10th grades, respectively, to gauge their progress.

Students who meet a benchmark on the ACT or COMPASS have approximately a 50 percent chance of earning a B or better, and about a 75 percent chance of earning a C or better in the corresponding college courses. Students who meet a benchmark on EXPLORE or PLAN are likely to have approximately this same chance of earning such a grade in the corresponding college courses by the time they graduate high school.

In analysis of the data, 58 percent of Mequon-Thiensville test takers met the ACT College Readiness Benchmarks, the highest percentage to do so in Homestead High School history.

“The analysis of student performance goes well beyond the composite ACT score for school leaders in the District," Means said "Although we are proud of the composite score of 25.6, as a school district we are creating metrics to measure the effectiveness of our curriculum in regards to performance on the ACT."

A news release from the state Department of Public Instruction providing further details on state scores can be found at


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