Greenfield — Whitnall High School students may have set a school record this year with what is believed to be the school's highest composite score on the ACT college entrance exam.
Their composite score of 24.1 (out of a possible 36) surpasses the 23.4 mark set in 2012, which is believed to be the previous record high. In 2013, the district's composite score was 22.9.
"We are very pleased to see the highest composite score in Whitnall's history with more than 70 percent of our students taking the test," Anthony Brazouski, Whitnall's executive director of academic achievement, said in a news release announcing the scores. "More impressive is the upward growth we see over the past five years, which is a testament to the commitment and efforts of our school board; district and building administrators; and, most importantly, our teachers."
Five years ago at the start of the 2010-11 school year, the high school set a goal to achieve an ACT composite of 24 by 2014.
"The bar was raised, and our students and teachers soared right over it," Brazouski said.
That high score came with increases over 2013 in every subject tested. In English, the 2013 score was 22.2 compared with 23.3 this year; math went from 22.5 last year to 23.8 this year; reading from 22.7 last year to 24.1 this year; and science from 23.4 to 24.6.
Scores for each subject were the highest in at least five years, district officials said.
"Having the composite score increase and be higher than ever is an impressive accomplishment on its own," said Whitnall Principal Jackie Winter. "But increases in every category emphasizes how this has been a team effort across the district."
Wisconsin students earned an average composite score of 22.2 and remained the second-highest scoring state in the country behind only Minnesota's 22.9 composite.
"It's clear our students measure up to not only those in Wisconsin but to those across the country as well," said Superintendent Lowell Holtz. "We couldn't be more proud of all the hard work of our students, teachers and administrators. To set such a lofty goal back in 2010 and reach it is amazing."
Whitnall tied with Sussex Hamilton for eighth place among the 31 suburban high schools.
The other top schools were Whitefish Bay taking first place with a composite score of 26.7; Brookfield East taking second with a composite score of 25.3; New Berlin Eisenhower was third with 25.1; Arrowhead, fourth with 24.8; Brookfield Central, fifth with 24.7; Nicolet, sixth with 24.5; Pewaukee and Shorewood tied for seventh with 24.4; New Berlin West and Greendale tied for ninth with 24; Wauwatosa East, 10th with 23.9; and Muskego was 11th with 23.8.
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