Haught reported that scores of Altus High School students taking the ACT test dropped this year. He said he was not sure of the exact reason but said several factors weighed into the equation of the “continuing downward spiral” in test scores. He said tthey district is now focused on fixing the problem and starting an upward spiral.
Haught said over 60 percent of the student body takes the ACT test, which is a higher percentage than a lot of schools. He said the “core” group of students taking college preparatory courses scored an average of 20.7 on the ACT while the “non-core” group scored 18.7.
Curriculum Director Nancy Evans presented a preliminary report on API Scores of students in the school district which reflect whether we are meeting the standards of the “No Child Left Behind” initiative.
She said the district is doing quite well but must continue to show progress. She said the district is working to raise the achievement level of economically disadvantaged students in the district.
One of the things the district is emphasizing is improvement of reading skills at an early age.
In other matters, the board opened the floor to the public to discuss financial matters of the school district, but there were no comments.