Elizabethton High School students have broken the school’s ACT record with an average composite score of 21.9. This ranks Elizabethton City Schools 12th in state in a year when the state record has been broken with an average of 20.2.
Because of the importance of the ACT in the college and scholarship application process, Elizabethton City Schools have taken a number of steps to increase achievement. At the high school, this includes an ACT Day in all grade levels in which freshmen, sophomores, and juniors take a practice test, and seniors do the free ACT retake provided by the state. Tennessee is the first state to offer a retake for free, and this it’s second year.
All students that test receive detailed feedback through a program called Analyze Ed. This service is provided by the school at no cost to students, so they will receive more than a score and will know exactly how to improve.
ECS principals and supervisors believe ACT success begins in elementary school. Representatives from all school levels participate in a regional ACT Collaborative with other northeast Tennessee school districts to help promote the test and recognize success.
Last year, EHS mounted an Academic Success Wall by the front office that recognizes all students who received a score higher than 30 or who increased their score by two points. These students are also recognized on the school website and social media, and 30+ students are recognized on a billboard.