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Germantown ACT scores reach historic high

Aug. 21, 2013

Germantown High School students made history during the 2012-13 school year.

The average composite ACT score was 24 out of 36 possible points for the 2012-13 school year, according to scores released through an ACT publication Wednesday. The ACT is a college readiness assessment that tests students in English, math, reading and science.

The composite score is the highest in school history, said High School Principal Joel Farren. Germantown also had a record number of seniors take the test during the 2012-13 school year at 85 percent, or 324 students.

The average composite scores between 2009 and 2012 ranged from 23.3 to 23.7.

Having better test scores did not happen by accident, Farren said. Rather it is a concerted, district-wide effort as Germantown has implemented more rigorous curriculum. For example, a few years ago the School District upped the requirement for math and science, making it mandatory to take three years of each subject instead of two years. Higher test scores are directly related to changes like this, Farren said.

"It's not a fluke, I think it's an effort of a lot of people to make that happen," he said. "I think what we've done with revamping our curriculum and remapping our curriculum has helped lead to success."

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