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The Arkansas Department of Higher Education last week released its early scoring totals for the 2017-18 ACT Aspire test given annually to third through 10th graders. For Magnolia, all but fourth-, fifth-, and sixth-grade scores have been released, as of Monday.

The Arkansas Department of Higher Education last week released its early scoring totals for the 2017-18 ACT Aspire test given annually to third through 10th graders. For Magnolia, all but fourth-, fifth-, and sixth-grade scores have been released, as of Monday.

Preliminary 2017-18 ACT Aspire scores released

By J.D. Bailey
This article was published July 11, 2018 at 9:44 a.m.

The Arkansas Department of Higher Education last Thursday began rolling out ACT Aspire results for the 2017-18 school year. The standardized test is given annually to over 300,000 Arkansas students, grades three through 10.

Although the data is preliminary, it still provides a good indication of local students’ math, science, and literacy scores. As of Monday, however, only third, seventh, eighth, ninth, and 10th grade results have been issued for the Magnolia Public School District.

The early scores are as follows:

Third Grade (East Side Elementary):

In English, of 244 test takers, 4.51 percent were deemed in need of support, 24.18 percent were close to where they needed to be, 28.69 percent were deemed as “ready,” while 42.62 percent were exceeding their levels, and 71.31 percent met their readiness benchmark.

In Math, 15.57 were in need of support, 32.79 percent were close, 36.48 percent were ready, while 15.16 percent were exceeding, and 51.64 met their readiness benchmark.

In Science, 47.95 percent were in need of support, 17.21 percent were close, 15.98 percent were ready, while 18.85 percent were exceeding and 34.84 percent met their readiness benchmark

In Reading, 43.85 percent were in need of support, 23.77 percent are close, 17.62 percent were ready, while 14.75 were exceeding their level, and 32.38 met their readiness benchmark.

In ELA (English Language Arts) fields, 34.02 percent met their readiness benchmarks, while only 13.53 percent did the same in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics).

The graph shows 2017-18 ACT Aspire scores as they relate to the percentage of test takers in each grade meeting what are deemed “Readiness” standards ...

Seventh Grade (MJHS):

In English, of 202 test takers, 6.93 percent were deemed in need of support, 18.81 percent were close to where they needed to be, 26.24 percent were deemed as ready, while 48.02 percent were exceeding their levels, and 74.26 percent met their readiness benchmark.

In Math, 32.67 were in need of support, 25.74 percent were close, 27.23 percent were ready, while 14.36 percent were exceeding, and 41.58 met their readiness benchmark.

In Science, 46.54 percent were in need of support, 17.33 percent were close, 16.34 percent were ready, while 19.80 percent were exceeding and 36.14 percent met their readiness benchmark

In Reading, 33.66 percent were in need of support, 33.17 percent were close, 23.76 percent were ready, while 9.41 percent were exceeding their level, and 33.17 percent met their readiness benchmark.

In ELA (English Language Arts) fields, 38.12 percent met their readiness benchmarks, while only 13.86 percent accomplished the same task in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) fields.

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Eighth Grade (MJHS):

In English, of 221 test takers, 11.77 percent were deemed in need of support, 14.48 percent were close to where they needed to be, 25.79 percent were deemed as ready, while 47.96 percent were exceeding their levels, and 73.76 percent met their readiness benchmark.

In Math, 34.84 percent were in need of support, 26.70 percent were close, 23.53 percent were ready, while 14.93 percent were exceeding, and 38.46 percent met their readiness benchmark.

In Science, 46.15 percent were in need of support, 19.46 percent were close, 20.36 percent were ready, while 14.03 percent were exceeding and 34.39 percent met their readiness benchmark.

In Reading, 29.86 percent were in need of support, 23.08 percent are close, 29.86 percent were ready, while 18.10 were exceeding their level, and 47.96 met their readiness benchmark.

In ELA fields, 45.25 percent met their readiness benchmarks, while only 9.96 percent met the same mark in STEM fields.

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Ninth Grade (MJHS):

In English, of 173 test takers, 26.01 percent were deemed in need of support, 23.12 percent were close to where they needed to be, 24.86 percent were deemed as ready, while 26.01 percent were exceeding their levels, and 50.87 percent met their readiness benchmark.

In Math, 52.02 percent were in need of support, 22.54 percent were close, 16.76 percent were ready, while 8.67 percent were exceeding, and 25.43 percent met their readiness benchmark.

In Science, 55.49 percent were in need of support, 25.43 percent were close, 10.98 percent were ready, while 8.09 percent were exceeding and 19.08 percent met their readiness benchmark.

In Reading, 46.82 percent were in need of support, 19.08 percent are close, 19.08 percent were ready, while 15.03 were exceeding their level, and 34.10 met their readiness benchmark.

In ELA fields, 36.42 percent met their readiness benchmarks, while only 9.25 percent met the same mark in STEM fields.

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10th Grade (MHS):

In English, of 200 test takers, 24.5 percent were deemed in need of support, 19.5 percent were close to where they needed to be, 27.5 percent were deemed as ready, while 28.5 percent were exceeding their levels, and 56 percent met their readiness benchmark.

In Math, 60.5 percent were in need of support, 19 percent were close, 12 percent were ready, while 8.5 percent were exceeding, and 20.5 percent met their readiness benchmark.

In Science, 52 percent were in need of support, 18 percent were close, 16.5 percent were ready, while 30 percent were exceeding, and 30 percent met their readiness benchmark.

In Reading, 47.5 percent were in need of support, 25 percent are close, 15 percent were ready, while 12.5 percent were exceeding their level, and 27.5 met their readiness benchmark.

In ELA fields, 35 percent met their readiness benchmarks, while 13 percent met the same mark in STEM fields.

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