D211 Post: Students Recognized for Highest Possible ACT Scores

Edwin Suresh, a senior at Schaumburg High School; Mayur Popuri, a junior at Fremd High School; Vikas Reddy, a junior at Fremd High School; Sara Shahid, a senior at Schaumburg High School; and Rose Dinh, a senior at Fremd High School, all pose together after being recognized by the Township High School District 211 Board of Education for scoring a 36 on the ACT during the Dec. 14 meeting.

           The Township High School District 211 Board of Education recognized five students for scoring a 36, the highest composite score, on the American College Test (ACT).  The students included two from Schaumburg High School and three from Fremd High School.

            The first student recognized Rose Dinh, a senior at Fremd High School. Math teacher Chris Grattoni stated that Dinh’s high school career has been defined by hard work and success.  Dinh has a passion for engineering and plans to work to bring electricity to those living in isolated areas.

            The board then honored Fremd junior Mayur Popuir.  He was described as a student who focuses more on perfect process than perfect outcomes. 

             Martin Zacharia, a social studies teacher and debate team coach said, “Muyar’s perfect ACT score is simply a manifestation of the character that has made him invaluable in the classroom and on our team.”

             The third Fremd student to be recognized was junior Vikas Reddy.  Jeremy Herriges described Reddy as a renaissance man.

              “I’ve had the opportunity to teach Vikas for two years, and in that time, have seen in intellectual abilities reach a masterful level,” Herriges said.

              Sara Shahid, a Schaumburg High School senior was then recognized.  Described as motivated and bright by social studies teacher Mary Lopez, Shahid has expressed an interest in pursuing a career in engineering.

              “I believe she has the drive and ability to achieve her goals,” said Lopez.

               The final student recognized was Schaumburg senior Edwin Suresh, who was described as a diversified and humble.

              “He is the most gifted all-around student I have had the pleasure of working with in 23 years,” said science teacher Tom Letzel.

              Since 1998, District 211 students have scored a 36 on the exam a total of 109 times.




Three District 211 Students Earn Perfect Score on ACT

(from left) Joanna Kus, Shahir Taj and Angela Peterson all earned perfect scores on the ACT exam.

(from left) Joanna Kus, Shahir Taj and Angela Peterson all earned perfect scores on the ACT exam.

At its Sept. 22, 2016 meeting, the Board of Education honored three High School District 211 students for achieving a 36, the highest possible composite score, on the ACT exam.

Fremd High School students Joanna Kus and Angela Peterson, and Conant High School student Shahir Taj, all earned perfect scores on the ACT.

The ACT, which is taken by nearly 60 percent of America’s college-bound students is comprised of tests in English, mathematics, reading, and science reasoning. Each test is scored on a scale of 1-36, and a student’s score is the average of the four test scores.  On average, less than one-tenth of one percent of all ACT test takers earn a top score.

Since 1998, 94 High School District 211 students have earned a top score of 36 on the ACT.




Four D211 Students Earn Perfect Score on ACT Exam

At its April 14, 2016 meeting, the Board of Education honored four High School District 211 students for achieving a 36, the highest possible composite score, on the ACT exam.

Palatine High School students Brandon Canfield and Radin Marinov, and Schaumburg High School students Karolina Skarzynska and Kshitij Vashi, all earned perfect scores on the ACT. Vashi also earned a perfect score on the SAT.

The ACT, which is taken by nearly 60 percent of America’s college-bound students is comprised of tests in English, mathematics, reading, and science reasoning. Each test is scored on a scale of 1-36, and a student’s score is the average of the four test scores.  On average, less than 1 percent of all ACT test takers earn a top score.

Since 1998, 86 High School District 211 students have earned a top score of 36 on the ACT.




Fremd High School Student Earns Perfect Score on ACT

Naman Agarwal

Naman Agarwal

The American College Test (ACT), which is taken by over 60 percent of the country’s college-bound students, is comprised of tests in English, mathematics, reading, and science reasoning.  Each test is scored on scale of 1-36, and a student’s score is the average of the four test scores.

At its February 11, 2016 meeting, the High School District 211 Board of Education will recognize Fremd High School Junior Naman Agarwal for scoring a 36 on the ACT, the highest possible composite score. On average, less than one percent of all ACT test-takers earns a top score.

Since 1998, 82 High School District 211 students have earned a top score of 36 on the ACT, including eight students who have each done it twice.




Eight District 211 Students Earn Perfect Scores on ACT Exam

At its April 30, 2015 meeting, the Board of Education will honor eight High School District 211 students for achieving a 36, the highest possible composite score, on the ACT exam.

These students included Palatine High School student Bryan Lu, William Fremd High School students Daniel Classon, Kellie Halloran, Cameron Harro, Jiamin Huang, Abigail Iuorio, Jennie Yang, and Soumyaa Mazumder.

The ACT, which is taken by nearly 60 percent of America’s college-bound students as well as all junior students in Illinois as part of the Prairie State Achievement Examination, is comprised of tests in English, mathematics, reading, and science reasoning.

Each test is scored on scale of 1-36, and a student’s score is the average of the four test scores.  On average, less than 1 percent of all ACT test takers earns a top score.  In the class of 2014 in the state of Illinois, only 184 students earned a composite score of 36.

Since 1998, 78 High School District 211 students have earned a top score of 36 on the ACT.




Conant High School Student Earns Perfect Score on ACT Exam

Mohansrinivas Chennakesavalu

Mohansrinivas Chennakesavalu

A Conant High School student is joining a growing list of District 211 students who have achieved a 36 on the American College Test (ACT) exam, the highest possible composite score.

James B. Conant High School student Mohansrinivas Chennakesavalu achieved a 36 on the ACT examination, and the Board of Education recognized him for this outstanding achievement at its Feb. 13 board meeting.

“I stayed up until midnight during winter break to check my score, and once I found out I was jumping around the entire house,” Mohansrinivas said. “I was aiming for a 36 but didn’t know if I would get it.”

The ACT, which is taken by nearly 60 percent of America’s college-bound students as well as all junior students in Illinois as part of the Prairie State Achievement Examination, is comprised of tests in English, mathematics, reading, and science reasoning. Each test is scored on a scale of 1-36, and a student’s score is the average of the four test scores. On average, less than one-tenth of one percent of all ACT test takers earns a top score.

Out of more than 1.8 million students who took the ACT in the class of 2013, just 1,162 students got a score of 36.

Since 1998, 61 High School District 211 students have earned a top score of 36 on the ACT, including five students who have done it twice. He says students that are preparing for the ACT need to prepare and relax.

“The best way to prepare is by taking practice tests because it gives you a feel of what the actual test is like,” he said. “Just be confident. I worried during break until I got my score, but if I was just confident it would have saved a lot of stress and energy.”




District 211’s Progress Toward Meeting Academic Goals in 2012 – 2013

During the 2012-2013 academic year, District 211 established academic goals for its students that included yearly goals and targets to accelerate academic achievement in various categories. With a focus on student learning and growth, high school standards attainment, high school graduation rate, and college and career readiness, the District’s academic goals reflect changes in the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) accountability system.

Teachers had an opportunity to assess and refine the curriculum during 10 morning work sessions throughout the previous school year, and the Board of Education approved 12 similar sessions for the 2013-2014 academic year at its July 11 meeting. This will help ensure continued growth and work toward improving student success.

Since the first year of monitoring academic goals, there have been improvements in each of the targeted areas. The first academic goal is directed toward individual student improvement on both enrollment in accelerated coursework and growth within state assessments and the Educational Planning and Assessment System (EPAS). During the 2012-2013 school year, 44 percent of students enrolled in accelerated coursework, including all honors and advanced placement coursework.

The freshman class of 2013 had 30 percent of its students enrolled in accelerated coursework and by senior year, 47 percent met that goal. The ISBE had set a target of 57.4 percent of students to increase their scores in the EXPLORE, PLAN, and ACT examinations. District 211 had 77.8 percent of students increase their score by more than half a point or achieved the maximum score of 6.0.

The second academic goal focused on students demonstrating attainment of knowledge and skills defined within local, state, and national high school standards. This is the first year that departments have used District benchmark assessments, which are administered in each course at the end of the learning process to determine whether students have made progress toward mastering critical learning standards. Teachers have already noticed many ways the benchmarks can be improved and used in the future, and will use future morning work sessions as a way to continue reaching goals and increasing the number of test items for assessment.

The third goal strives to have all students, regardless of income-level, race, or educational background, demonstrate on-time graduation from high school. In the Class of 2012, 93 percent of all students graduated within four years of entering high school, and 94 percent of all students graduated within five years of entering high school. ISBE standards indicate that high schools should have 90 percent of its students graduate in four years, and 95 percent within five years.

The final academic goal ensures that all students will demonstrate that they are college and career ready while in high school. District 211 focused on creating more opportunities for all students to be college and career ready. Roughly 50 percent of students in the Class of 2013 participated in at least one advanced placement course. In May 2012, 80 percent of students who completed an advanced placement exam scored a 3, 4, or 5, which makes them eligible for college credit.

Additionally, students have access to dual-credit courses in partnership with Harper College, and enrollment in these courses has increased 7 percent. The Class of 2013 had 72 percent of students meeting the English college readiness benchmark on the ACT exam, and 71 percent meeting the mathematics benchmark. The District plans to continue its efforts to increase student performance on high-stakes tests, which create opportunities after graduation.

Increased morning work sessions will allow time for professional learning teams to conduct work toward achieving each of the District’s academic goals. The continued efforts will help ensure future student success, as well as improvement for identifying patterns in student results, asking questions about assessments themselves, instruction, standards of curriculum, using results to guide instructional changes between morning work sessions, and reviewing the impact of adjustments on instruction and student performance.

To read the full report on progress toward meeting academic goals, please visit the District’s board docs website.