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September 10, 2013

School board to discuss ACT scores

Derrick Miller
The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — The Duncan Board of Education is set to find out how well Duncan High School students did on the ACT college-readiness test.

During Tuesday’s regular meeting, DHS Principal Justin Smith will give a presentation about the high school’s ACT scores.

Most colleges and universities require an ACT score of at least 23, although lower test score can be accepted if a student’s high school grades show college-preparation. The ACT works on a maximum score of 36.

Last year, the state average was 20.7. Duncan Public Schools had a score of 21.1. That was the first time Duncan surpassed the state average in ACT scores.

Of the four areas tested by the ACT (English, reading, science and math), Duncan only fell below the state average in one area. The school’s math score was 19.6 against the state’s average of 20.1.

Aside from presenting the ACT scores, Smith will also talk about how many students took the ACT score during the 2012-13 school year. During the 2011-12 school year, 149 students took the test, which was down five students from the 2010-11 school year.

The Duncan Board of Education will meet at 6 p.m. today at the Duncan Public Schools Central Office.

Other items:

• The school board may approve several fundraisers.

Among them is a fundraiser for Chris Lane and the Duncan Baseball team. The DHS team will participate in a competitive game between East Central University and Redland Community College on Oct. 15.

• The Duncan Chamber of Commerce will give a presentation to the Food 4 Kids program. Chamber President Chris Deal, who is also a member of the school board, will present an annual check to Superintendent Sherry Labyer for the Food 4 Kids program.

Food 4 Kids provides backpacks of food for Duncan students teachers worry may not be getting enough food at home. The backpacks go home with the students every Friday.