Park Students Score High

More Wheeling Park High School students than ever are taking the ACT college achievement test, and they’re also scoring well above the average for students across West Virginia, principal Amy Minch told Ohio County Board of Education members Monday night.

Minch announced 266 WPHS students completed the ACT test during the 2013-14 school year – the most since 2012, when 243 students posted scores.

Statewide, though, the number of students taking the test was down.

During the 2014 school year 11,191 students took the ACT in West Virginia. In 2013, that figure was 11,426, down from 11,719 in 2012.

The composite score on the ACT for WPHS students for the last school year was 21.7, compared to the state average of 20.6.

While national ACT numbers for the 2013-14 are not yet available, the national composite average for the 2012-13 school year was 20.9.

WPHS students scored an average of 22 on the English portion of the test last year, nearly two points higher than the state average of 20.4.

They also bettered the West Virginia ACT average in math with a 20.6 to a 19.5; in reading, 22.2 to 21.4; and science, 21.5 to 20.6.

“We have great students to work with every day, and dedicated teachers that truly make a difference in the lives of our students,” Minch told school board members.

School board members will next meet for a special meeting at 6 p.m. Sept. 4 in the school board office to discuss personnel matters, as well as the district’s goals with Superintendent Dianna Vargo.

The board will also meet for regular meetings at 6 p.m. on Sept. 8 and Sept. 22 .

All upcoming board meeting take place in the board office, 2203 National Road, Elm Grove.