The ACT testing company released data today that shows only 25% of this year's high school graduates reached the benchmark scores in all four areas of the test -- English, reading, science and math. That's about the same as it's been the last few years.
"Overall, I think the ACT test system is a pretty accurate measure of students and their success rate," said Greg Dunn, the principal of Greenwood High School.
In Kentucky, that college-ready average is only 18%, but Greenwood High School in Bowling Green matches the national level.
"Class to class that can change a bit, but it's a pretty good score," Dunn said.
The principal said they have aligned curriculum with national standards. They also offer tutoring at several times each week.
Today, Dunn talked to the freshman class and pushed them to work harder.
"With their commitment and what we're doing as a staff, I think they can be successful and it takes everybody," Dunn said.
One senior said she and her peers are prepared.
"A lot of my friends have taken AP classes with me and we've really worked together and we all feel very prepared," Mackenzie Goff said.
The school also has an intervention program that teaches material again to students who don't meet benchmark scores on the first test. The intervention classes are in addition to regular classes and the teachers work together.
"So if I teach Algebra 1 and I know that you're my student and you didn't reach benchmark, although I might not be an intervention teacher, I'm aware that you did not meet benchmark, so I'm mindful of that. So I'm going to make sure I embed some strategies in my classroom that pull you up so when you take the ACT, you meet benchmark," said Rita Daniels, an intervention teacher.
The composite score for Greenwood High was 20.5 compared to the national score of 20.9.
Dunn said, although the numbers at his school match up to the national average, they actually dropped a bit from last year. He said he hopes to see a bigger increase and more student success in the future.