California ACT scores 2011-2016

The ACT test is based on four distinct sections in science, math, reading and English. Each section is scored on a scale from 1 to 36. The results also include a composite score, or average, of the four sections, as defined by ACT Inc., – the company that administers the test and returns data to departments of education across the U.S.

The ACT benchmarks, as defined by ACT Inc. are as follows:

  • Science: 23
  • Math: 22
  • Reading : 22
  • English: 18

A student meeting each benchmark has a “high probability” of earning a C or higher in the first year of college in each respective subject. 

Related data: Search five years of California SAT and AP scores.

Related story: Data, teachers' allegations undermine Gompers' college-ready promise

Data methodology: How we crunched the data.

Source: California Department of Education


by Brad Racino & Brandon Quester | May 15, 2017

When Vincent Riveroll swings an outsized bell to signal the start of the school day at Gompers Preparatory Academy, the director is sending a powerful message to the students and the community. Our kids are valued. Our kids can do it. Our kids are college bound.

It's taken 12 years to advance from a near state takeover of the underperforming, drug- and gang-ridden middle school in southeastern San Diego to a charter high school that promises "students can succeed at the university of their choice.”

Politicians, parents, philanthropists and news outlets in San Diego have praised the school’s cultural and academic transformation. The nonprofit has garnered nearly $75 million in government grants and private contributions since it forged a path from the San Diego Unified School District in 2005.

Riveroll lives and breathes the Gompers culture he helped birth, carting kids to and from tutoring sessions, movies, field trips to Disneyland and visits to colleges. “Tuck in your shirt, please,” he tells one student shortly after welcoming another to the 26-acre campus where gates once served to contain outbreaks of frequent violence.

The spotless grounds erupt with a song and dance routine – Riveroll at the lead – every Friday morning.

Teachers who have worked with 48-year old Riveroll say he’s an inspiring leader, a visionary with extraordinary charisma and passion. Parents adore the man who has been named “Teacher of the Year,” “Educator of the Year” and selected as one of four principals nationwide to participate in the Public Education Leadership Program at Harvard University.

Yet data, documents and interviews contradict the Gompers brand of preparing every student for college. Gompers’ standardized test scores — one metric for college acceptance — are at the bottom of schools in both San Diego County and California, but these numbers are offset by students’ straight A grades with courses in precalculus, advanced biology and AP history.

Read the full story here.

Photos by Brandon Quester | inewsource

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