|School(s)||ACT composite||% Reporting||# Grads|
|Missouri state average||21.6||74%|
|Greenwood Laboratory School||26.0||100%||36|
|New Covenant Academy||23.6||100%||29|
|Springfield Catholic High School||24.5||100%||81|
|Shiloh Christian School||25||100%||56|
|MICDS - St. Louis, MO||28.6||100%|
|Phillips Academy Andover - Andover, MA||30.2||100%||190|
|Phillips Exeter - Exeter, NH||29||100%||299|
|Pembroke Hill - Kansas City, MO||28-33||84%|
|Blue Eye public school||20.5||77.55%||49|
|Bradleyville public school||20.1||57.14%||28|
|Branson public school||22.4||64.60%||339|
|Clever public school|
|Forsyth public school||21.2||56.63%||83|
|Gainesville public school||59.09%||44|
|Galena public school||18.6||54.84%||31|
|Hollister public school||19.9|
|Hurley public school|
|Joplin public school||21.1||56.34%||481|
|Reeds Spring (public)|
I had the pleasure of talking with several admissions directors in the private schools reflected above. Dr. Janice Duncan with Greenwood Laboratory is very proud of her Bright Flight rate -- a whopping 6%. Delana Reynolds at New Covenant Academy is also proud of her students, with a Bright Flight rate of 3-6%. Alicia Brown, the admissions director at Shiloh Christian School in Springdale, Arkansas, reported a Bright Flight rate of 20% for their Class of 2013!
What material does the ACT assess?
- English - standard written English and rhetorical skills
- Math - math skills up through the beginning of grade 12
- Reading comprehension
- Science - interpretation, analysis, evaluation, reasoning, and problem-solving
- Optional writing test
Why are high ACT scores important?
- The ACT is an important tool used by parents and teacher to evaluate the progress of individual student learning
- Tuition discounts at colleges are given to students on a graduated scale, based on ACT score
- Students can gain admission to a competitive college
- Students scoring a 31+ are considered "Bright Flight" students and usually receive a full-ride scholarship to a university
Are ACT score averages a perfect way to compare schools?
Furthermore, ACT scores do not reflect mastery of material not assessed by the test. In other words, subjects such as foreign language, overseas cultural experience, religion, music, and fine arts may be courses provided by a school that are not assessed by the test. Not all benefits of private school education are appreciated by the ACT.
That's all fine for the ACT, but does the same hold true for the SAT?
|Type of High School||Critical Reading||Math||Writing|
|Public school students||494||506||483|
|Religiously affiliated private school||531||533||528|
|Non-religously affiliated private school||541||579||550|