Student Development

“ACT Part Of Initiative to Develop Students”

Tuesday the Louisiana Department of Education announced three changes designed to help students get on a healthy track towards completing a college degree plan and getting a successful job.

Through this plan students in grades 8-11 will begin preparing for American College Testing. Each grade will have a different course to complete within the plan.  Eighth and ninth graders will take the EXPLORE test.  Tenth graders will take the PLAN test.  Eleventh and twelfth graders will take the ACT test. Every student will have atleast taken the ACT once during their eleventh grade year. All of these things will be on the state’s expense, beginning in 2012-2013.

These tests will help students get a better gage of what they need to do in order to score better on the ACT.  Shaleka Griffin, a Junior Kinesiology Major from Shreveport, La admires this new plan.  “I think this is a great idea.  I made a 25 on the ACT, and I can only imagine how much greater my score could’ve been with as much assistance as they’re offering these days,” said Griffin.

In addition to the ACT test required of all eleventh graders, students who are a part of the reduced lunch meal plan will receive two more free testing opportunities provided by the state.  Cherrelle Carroll, Senior Health Care Marketing and Management Major of Kingston, Louisiana said, “I know that this will have a huge effect on the outcome of most high school graduates.  They have no excuse not to excel on the ACT and on any other requirement they may have”.

Superintendent John White ensured that these tests would be offered on days other than Saturday.  This way students won’t have to worry about transportation other than to school.

The state is also planning to train around 350 teachers to teach Advanced Placement courses.  “This is completely different from the way my high school was.  Advanced Placement was no different from other classes,” says Sha’Net McCarter, a sophomore Mass Communications major from Colfax, Louisiana.

“The numbers tell us our students are improving, but we still lag behind the rest of the nation, particularly in high schools,” state Superintendent John White said. “I’m confident our students can learn at higher levels and that our teachers can lead us there.”

In addition to all of this, Post-Secondary will receive state-funding geared towards offering reduced cost Post-Secondary courses to low income high school students.

Louisiana high schools have shown almost a 10-point gain in the graduation rate since 2002.





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