Westside ACT scores above state average
A message from Assistant Superintendent of Teaching & Learning Dr. Mark Weichel
Westside Community Schools recently received our results for the Spring 2017 ACT exam. This was an exciting time for our school district, as these results represent our entire 2017 class, the first in which all students took the test at least once. 434 Westside students took the ACT in Spring; we truly tested everyone who qualified. This not only provided every, single senior the opportunity to take this important, yet costly measure required by most colleges and scholarship entities, it also offered a more accurate reflection of our work as educators here at Westside. By testing all students, we anticipated a reduction in test scores, as this has been the case with other school districts once all students were taking the exam. However, we were pleasantly surprised that our test results did not drop as much as expected, and are still higher than the state average for Nebraska.
30.96% of 9th-12th grade students in 2016-2017 were eligible for free or reduced price meals
Our hard work and focus to make ACT testing a priority is paying off. We are now recognized as an ACT Exemplary High School for Nebraska. Among the students in the Class of 2018 are at least six near-perfect 35’s and seven National Merit Award semi-finalists. We are confident we are preparing our students for the ACT, for college, and for their future careers.
We will continue to work to improve these scores year after year, but these results indicate we are trending in the right direction and fulfilling our mission to ensure academic excellence for all learners.