Impressive Trends at SHHS

Attributions: 
Ryan Palmer

          In just the four years that Salem Hills has been in operation, the school has seen an impressive level of improvement in student ACT scores. In 2010, the first year all variable information was available, students at Salem Hills earned an average composite score of 21.3 on the ACT—approximately .5 points below the state average of 21.8. In 2011, the composite score grew to 21.4. However, testing in 2012 showed a sharp increase. The school topped the previous state average, and came in just below 22, with a composite score of 21.9. 

            In English, scores jumped from 20.8 to 21.6. Math scores showed an even bigger increase, topping out at 21.2, compared to 20.3 in 2010. Reading improved slightly, going from 22.4 to 22.7. Science scores also exhibited an impressive improvement, coming in at 21.8, compared to 21 in 2010. Salem Hills scored above the previous state average by nearly .25 points in all categories but math, where the averages were dead even.

            The results are surely indicators of a dedicated and driven administration and faculty who take their obligations as educators seriously. However, even more so, the trend is the result of outstanding individual students who were able to come from different places and backgrounds, and mesh into a fun-loving, but determined student body.