ACT Aspire test results are in

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“Our middle schools have to be congratulated. They even exceeded the 7th graders exceeded the benchmark,” shared Dr. Zenaida Natividad, the Administration of Research, Planning, & Evaluation.

Guam – The results are in: the Guam Department of Education announced the ACT Aspire test results for school year 2016-2017.

ACT Aspire is the standardized testing model for the Guam Department of Education.

“We’re really excited to be able to present to you our ACT Aspire scores,” exclaimed Deputy Superintendent Joe Sanchez. “It is the official set of scores that we report to the US Depart of education,” explains Sanchez.

Simply put, the test determines how well our students are faring in three categories: Math, English, and Reading.

The proficiency levels are determined using four benchmarks: “Exceeding”, “Ready”, “Close”, and the dreaded “In need of Support.”

So, how well are our students doing? For English, our students are doing pretty great.

“Our middle schools have to be congratulated. They even exceeded the 7th graders exceeded the benchmark,” shared Dr. Zenaida Natividad, the Administration of Research, Planning, & Evaluation. “Our eighth graders as well, they exceeded the benchmark. Notice that 9th grade is also close.”

According to Dr. Natividad, GDOE students are performing very well especially considering that over half of our student population is English Language Learners.

“For them to perform this well in English is something to think about. Maybe our English teachers are doing a really good job,” Natividad speculated.

But, our students still face challenges, particularly in the subjects of Reading and Math.

According to GDOE, all grade levels performed between five and nine points below benchmark in reading. And for our upperclassmen, grades 7- 10 showed the greatest need for support in Math.

But according to Dr. Natividad, the numbers still reflect major progress.

“Notice that we still are in need in Reading and in Math. However, please do not make your conclusions right away…We are so proud of our students. They may not have reached benchmarked but you will see the progress that they are making year in and year out,” she said.

The superintendent said in a press release, “The ACT Aspire results speak volumes about the dedication of our teachers and capability of our students especially, in schools and grade levels that continue to outperform the district.”

Fernandez adds that he hopes the results showcase not only “where we are but where we hope to be in years to come.”

You can read the full listing of ACT Aspire test results here.