CPS’ district composite ACT score rose to 19.1 for the Class of 2015 — up from 18.5 for the Class of 2014 and the highest since 2011. The ACT is a college-entrance exam that tests students on knowledge in English, mathematics, reading and science.
This 19.1 composite score covers only CPS students who graduated in 2015. CPS gives the ACT to all 11th-graders, with the district covering the cost, to ensure students are focused on college preparation.
“We are very pleased to see our ACT composite scores going up,” said Superintendent Mary Ronan. “Our goal is that we continue to see improvement, as our new My Tomorrow initiative touches more students. We see My Tomorrow as a bold vision for education that combines higher expectations, technology and mentoring to prepare all our students for success after graduation.”
My Tomorrow, which began for 7th and 8th grades in 2014-15, now is expanding to grades 5-12. The initiative’s aim is that all CPS seventh-graders graduate within six years prepared to actively pursue their chosen career paths.