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APRIL 2, 2009 - Eleven Oklahoma High Schools Receive College Readiness Award

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Eleven Oklahoma high schools recently received the 2008 College Readiness Award for increasing the number of students taking the ACT Assessment over the past five years as well as increasing the college readiness of its graduates as demonstrated by their ACT scores.

“These high schools have done an excellent job of increasing the college readiness of their students,” said Chancellor Glen D. Johnson. “Each and every faculty and staff member, student and parent should be commended for their dedication to ensuring students are prepared for college when they graduate from high school.”

High schools that received the 2008 College Readiness Award are:

The ACT is the college admissions and readiness achievement test that is used and accepted by colleges throughout Oklahoma and nationwide. In 2008, more than 70 percent of Oklahoma students took the ACT. The College Readiness Award is given by ACT Inc. to schools that test at least 30 students on the ACT, show an increase in the number of test-takers and experience an increase in the mean score of at least one point.

The ACT is the final assessment component of the Oklahoma Educational Planning and Assessment System (EPAS). EPAS provides assessments of college readiness and helps teachers, students and families identify the need for academic improvements. Since 1995, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education have provided EPAS free of charge to all Oklahoma public and private schools.