Challenge: Student achievement at Homewood-Flossmoor High School was declining. The school had no assessment system in place to track academic progress from grade 9 through 12 and enable faculty to make needed interventions. Curriculum was driven by electives rather than by core college-prep coursework.
Solution: As part of a broad plan to improve student preparation, school officials offered EXPLORE® to ninth graders, PLAN® to tenth graders, and incorporated the ACT® test into the preexisting state-mandated testing program for eleventh graders. Homewood-Flossmoor also adopted ACT's College Readiness Standards as the basis for a revised and more challenging curriculum and were able to provide more opportunities for professional development to teachers.
- Enrollment in rigorous coursework has gone up.
- The average ACT Assessment score for Homewood-Flossmoor students rose and has stayed steady since—even with a substantial increase in the number of students (including special education students) taking the test.
- Achievement has improved among students in the lower performance levels while staying steady among students in the higher performance levels.
- College going has increased and expanded.
- In 2002, Homewood-Flossmoor received the Blue Ribbon Award for Academic Excellence from the U.S. Department of Education.
Read the full report: Improving Students' Readiness for College: Homewood-Flossmoor High School, Illinois District 233 (PDF; 152KB, 4 pages)