SOLON– Solon High School students scored the highest marks in the past five years in the areas of English, math, and science on the 2013 ACT tests. The ACT consists of curriculum-based tests of educational development in English, mathematics, reading, and science designed to measure the skills needed for success in first year college coursework. The composite score of 23.4 for Solon High School was well above the state average of 22.1.
“Our results indicate a very high level of student learning at Solon High School,” said principal Nathan Wear. With nearly 90 percent of students tested, Wear explained how this is a great measure of the academic health of a school. “In some districts, a smaller percentage of students take the ACT, however in Solon most of our kids take the test. These scores validate the hard work of our students and teachers.”
Teachers in Solon have worked to increase rigor in classrooms through professional development on teaching standards that are aligned with quality assessments. Additionally, students have worked collaboratively with staff to better understand the learning process.
“I think this is awesome,” said Solon senior Maegan Bruene. “Students are working harder. I notice that my peers realize their grades matter in the classroom. The scores are high because our teachers do a great job to prepare us academically.”