Students at South Panola High School See Improved ACT® Scores With Assistance From Jumpstart Test Prep

Jumpstart Test Prep announced the ACT® exam improvement results from South Panola High School students' spring test date following the classroom implementation of the Jumpstart Review. Of the students having at least one prior ACT® score for improvement comparison, 53% with a prior score improved over their prior best attempt by an average of 2.01 points on their Composite score, and in each subject area, the students' scores improved by 46% in Math (+2.24 points avg.), 52% in Science (+3.14 points avg.), 53% in English (+3.24 points avg.), and 41% in Reading (+3.02 points avg.).

Top achievers were recently recognized and include:

  • Thoraya Alode (scored a 26 on ACT® English on first attempt)
  • Kasandra Clark (English +8 pts.)
  • Tuniah Ellis (Composite +5 pts., Math +5 pts., and Science +9 pts.)
  • Justin Mayer (Composite +5 pts.) 
  • Elizabeth Riley (Composite +4 pts. and Science +9 pts.)
  • William Rowsey (Composite +4 pts., Math +8 pts., and English +6 pts.)
  • Jamia Rule (Composite +5 pts., English +7 pts., and Reading +10 pts.)
  • Lucas Terry (Composite +5 pts. and Math +6 pts.)
  • Jamiracle Tunson (Composite +4 pts., English +9 pts., and Reading +7 pts.)
  • Mackenzie Woodruff (Reading +10 pts.)

South Panola student Kasandra Clark commented, "Jumpstart helped me go up eight points in English. English is not my strong suit, so this is a big step for me!"

"Jumpstart was good, especially as a first-time test taker! It helped me feel more prepared, and it made the whole experience a lot less scary," said another student, Thoraya Alode.

These improvements are not possible without the diligence and support of the teachers and administrators tasked to help raise scores at South Panola High School. South Panola teacher Beverly Watson commented, "Jumpstart Test Prep gave my students the opportunity to gain insight into ACT®-formatted test questions and build test-taking skills. Jumpstart also gave students exposure to a plethora of questions similar to the ACT®, improving their confidence in their ability to take such an important test. As a result, we are expecting substantial growth within our school for our students, improving their future endeavors in post-secondary education."

Jumpstart Test Prep is an online review program based on over 50 years of work by Dot McClendon, a legendary educator and Mississippi's 19-year STAR Teacher Hall of Fame inductee. "As a teacher at The Mississippi School of the Arts and several other schools during my career, I was able to help guide the preparation of students in person," said McClendon. "Now, through our online, on-demand video review, students in South Panola classrooms, as well as classrooms around the country, around the breakfast table, or on the couch at home, are able to benefit from our approach."

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Source: Jumpstart Test Prep