The latest ACT scores for area schools are out, and when one looks at the data with care, one sees that Whitewater yet again lags area schools in the proportion of students taking that test.
Relying only on the scores, without thought to the participation level, would be a superficial gloss on a result that deserves genuine consideration. I’ll not follow a shallow lead – there’s already more than one place where one can find the superficial.
No doubt, a waning group will cry that one should only accentuate the positive.
They don’t know the half of it – although these participation numbers should be disappointing and embarrassing to any well-read person, there are genuine opportunities even now.
Tomorrow, I’ll consider in greater detail (1) what’s wrong, (2) why it’s likely this way, (3) how to present bad results competently and effectively, and (4) how Whitewater can make strides to catch up with other communities and the state average (regardless of state participation requirements in the future).