Lenoir City High School saw a boost in ACT college admissions
exam scores last year, the first time the school scored higher than the state average in all
Lenoir City's composite score average is 19.9, according to Jeff
Sweeney, 10th-grade guidance counselor at the school. The composite combines scores in English,
math, reading and science.
"I think this score is a good representation of our school,"
Principal Steve Millsaps said. "We hope this will continue. ... We might have had nearly 60 percent
of our students go on to a four-year or postsecondary education."
Millsaps said all students
in 11th grade must take the ACT. Lenoir City achieved 19.4 on the math category, whereas the state
earned 18.7 out of 36, according to data on the state's website. In reading, Lenoir City scored
20.4, and the state earned a 19.3 mark. In science, Lenoir City got a score of 20.0, and the state
earned a 19.1. Lenoir City earned a 19.3 in English, while the state garnered 18.7.
high school graduates across the state as a whole improved in 2013, earning an average score of 19.3
out of 36, up from 19.2 in 2012. In 2012, Lenoir City High School earned a 19.2 composite
"I'm very excited about the fact that our students are leaving more and more prepared
going on either into college or going into the workforce," Lenoir City Schools Superintendent
Jeanne Barker said.
In 2010, the state mandated that all students in their junior year take
the ACT. Previously, only students interested in college took the test, Sweeney said.
Though the numbers are not as high as before the 2010 mandate, last year's results are a
positive benchmark, Sweeney said.
"So our scores took a dip at that point not only here in
Lenoir City but statewide, and since that time they have been steadily rising," Sweeney said.
"They are not quite back up to where they were at the 2009 mark, but again, we are testing a
different population, a larger population of students."
About 100 more students are now
being tested, Sweeney said, adding that all students are facing a more rigorous curriculum with
more math and science requirements. He said the scores are a "more accurate" reflection of the
school preparing students for college.
"It's an affirming situation to know that plan is
working and then to know our school isn't the only one doing that, but we are doing it better than
most other systems in the state I think is even more rewarding," Sweeney said.
score represents 275 students or 50 percent more students tested since 2009," Millsaps said of
LCHS. "Now, the state number increased about 33 percent. I think we've done a very good job of
making sure all of our students are tested, which I wished was something more people talked about
if they wanted to compare schools' ACT scores.
"But then the latest information that we
received they were not only at or above the state average but they were in some of the top scores
in the state in almost every category," he said. "They were in the top 20. Some were 11th, 15th in
Out of 119 systems measured, Lenoir City's composite score ranked 19th in
descending order of 2013 composite scores.
"That is really, really good, and I just want to
say our graduating class certainly they did a good job, and I think that's a testimony of the
great job our teachers are doing too," Millsaps said.
He said this year the school is
"working real hard" on language arts.
"We want to do more, to add growth to our students,"
Millsaps said. "... We just want to move our students more and have them show more
Loudon County Schools, which measured ACT scores in both Loudon High School and
Greenback School, earned a 18.1 for the 2012-13 school year, a drop from 18.5 in 2012. In English,
Loudon County scored a 17.3 compared to 18.4 in 2012, according to state data. In math, the school
system scored 18.0 and 18.2 in 2012. Science remained the same at 18.1, but reading also saw a
drop to 18.4 from 18.6 in 2012.