From the Superintendent's Desk
Students ACT, SAT average scores at all-time high
I'd like to begin by reporting we have had a tremendously successful beginning to this school year.
Smooth beginnings to a school year just don't happen by accident.
They happen because they are meticulously planned and executed by our staff and I'd like to thank all of them for the dedication to students they exhibit on a daily basis.
I would also like to thank all of you who have given my family and I such a warm welcome to this community. We continue to settle in and become more and more familiar with the District.
As I have said to many staff and community groups already this fall, I have three priorities my first year as Dublin City Schools Superintendent.
These are to be visible, to listen and to learn. In that spirit, I have scheduled three community coffees later this month.
This is an opportunity for the public to chat with me about the district without an appointment.
These informal coffee events will be:
* Sept. 16, 7 to 8:30 p.m. -- Panera Bread, 2750 Martin Road (next to Barnes & Noble).
* Sept. 23, 1 to 2:30 p.m. -- Tim Hortons, 7493 Sawmill Road (the corner of Sawmill and Hard roads).
* Oct. 4, 7 to 8:30 a.m. -- Panera Bread, 6665 Perimeter Loop Road (next to the Shell station).
The gatherings will be informal and there will be no set agenda of topics to be discussed. We've tried to schedule these coffees at different times of the day to accommodate different schedules.
Please make plans to join me at one of these three events.
I would also like to share some great academic news with you in this column.
Dublin City School District high school students have achieved an all-time high, average composite ACT score of 25.2 and an all-time high SAT composite score of 1156, according to recently released data.
The ACT and SAT are college entrance exams.
Whether a student takes the ACT or the SAT, or both, is usually dependent upon what institutions a student is applying to be accepted. The majority of Dublin City Schools students take the ACT rather than the SAT.
The district's average composite ACT score compares to an Ohio average composite score of 21.8. In a five-year span, the district's average composite ACT score has risen from 24.2 to 25.2.
Our expert staff, our supportive parents and, of course, our high achieving students deserve the credit for this level of success.
One of the most impressive aspects of these statistics is test scores and participation numbers continue to rise in tandem. More than 84 percent of the graduating class of 2013 took the ACT test.
Student participation in Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate classes in our district continues to rise.
More than 83 percent of the class of 2013 took at least one AP or IB course during their academic careers. These high level courses are integral in preparing students not only for their ACTs and SATs, but for college level coursework.
College and career emphasis is a key component of our academic program. We want our students to have their first choice of college or university whenever possible.
Thank you again for a great start to the school year and I hope to see you at one of the upcoming coffees.
Dublin City School District Superintendent Todd Hoadley, Ph.D., submitted the From the Superintendent's Desk column.