HHS ACT outpaces state and nation


By Nola Sizemore - [email protected]



C.D. Morton


During a recent meeting of the Harlan Independent Board of Education, Superintendent C. D. Morton discussed ACT scores for Harlan High School students.

Continuing to outpace students from across the state on the ACT exam given each year, students at Harlan High School have an average composite score of 21.7 compared to a 20.0 from students across Kentucky. This is the school’s second highest composite score over the last five years.

The ACT consists of curriculum-based tests of educational development in English, mathematics, reading and science designed to measure the skills needed for success in first-year college coursework. ACT scores for Harlan High School students also exceeded national levels in English, Reading and overall composite scores.

According to Morton, college readiness benchmark scores for designated college courses is the minimum score needed on an ACT subject area test to indicate a 50 percent chance of obtaining a B or higher or about a 75 percent chance of obtaining a C or higher in the corresponding credit bearing college course.

Morton attributed the success rate on the ACT to several factors and said, “Our courses are designed to be rigorous, challenging and focused. We attempt to wrap all of that up with very high expectations that we firmly believe can be met by all of our students. The teaching staff works hard to measure and evaluate progress so we can provide support where it is needed most.”

Noting the percentage of students meeting the English benchmark is 78 percent, Morton said nearly one-in-three meet the benchmark scores in all four areas compared to one-in-five for the state.

“We are continuing to focus on the areas that need support by providing supplemental classes for students that fail to meet benchmarks, our desire is to see every child leave ready for college or a career,” Morton said. “We are excited to see how each class does and have met with this year’s freshmen to set goals. The class of 2019 have decided they would like to have the highest ACT scores in school history and we certainly will be working to help them reach those goals.”

In other action:

  • *Approved contract for visual coordinator for the band;
  • *Approved comprehensive care contract;
  • *Approved monthly financial reports;
  • *Selected Leanna Asher and Elijah McLendon as candidates eligible to apply for KSBA First Degree College scholarships;
  • *Approved consent agenda;
  • *Went into executive session per KRS 61.810 (1) Moore v. BB&T, et.al. The board approved a settlement agreement and authorized Morton to sign any necessary documents as advised by the district’s legal counsel.

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By Nola Sizemore

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