show student performance in five subject areas of the 2016 ACT. The top chart represents percentage of students scoring at or above benchmark levels in134 school systems across the state. The bottom chart represents percentage of students scoring at or above benchmark levels in the Oneonta City school system.
For English, the benchmark ACT score is 18. For reading it is 22. For math, it is 22. For science, it is 23. Here’s what the benchmark score means: it represents the ACT score associated with a 50 percent probability the student will be able to achieve a grade of B or better at the college level in that subject; and with a 75 percent probability the student will be able to make a grade of C or better at the college level in that subject.
The “met all benchmarks” column is simply the percentage of students who scored at or above the benchmark in all four subject areas. The state average of school systems is shown in the top chart, and the percentage for the Oneonta system is shown in the bottom one.
The 2016 results are for those students who graduated from high school in 2016. In general, results on the 2016 ACT are slightly lower on a statewide basis than scores on the 2015 ACT.
The Oneonta system ranked as follows compared to other school systems in the state (not shown on charts):
English – 10th
Reading – 9th
Math – 11th
Science – 5th
Met all benchmarks – 5th
(all rankings are out of 134 school systems in the state) Superintendent Michael Douglas’s statement:
“We are essentially in the top 11 in all areas of the ACT. Since ACT is what universities use for enrollment, it is a great benchmark for how we prepare students for the next level of their life. It is also a good representation of a child’s total education from kindergarten to 12th grade. All of our teachers share in this success regardless of the grade level they teach.”