Douglas County Schools

Douglas County ACT scores rise


The average composite ACT score of juniors in the Douglas County School District rose from 21.9 in 2015 to 22.5 in 2016.

The state's 2016 average composite score is 20.4, according to results released by the state Aug. 11.

The ACT exam has historically been taken by all high school juniors in Colorado. Starting in spring 2017, juniors will take the SAT instead, a decision made last year by the Colorado Department of Education.

How the schools scored on the ACT:

Castle View High School 21.9

Chaparral High School 22.0

DC Oakes 16.3

Douglas County High School 21.4

Eagle Academy 17.0

eDCSD Colorado Cyber School 20.9

Highlands Ranch High School 22.5

Hope Online Learning Academy 15.2

Legend High School 22.7

Mountain Vista High School 24.1

Ponderosa High School 21.8

Rock Canyon High School 24.6

Sky View Academy 22.8

STEM High and Academy 24.8

ThunderRidge High School 22.8


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IN SPITE of Meghann, Judi, Doug, and Jim.

Friday, August 12, 2016 | Report this

As a veteran teacher-18 years-in Douglas County, I would typically pump a fist at the release of improving student scores. It's an objective validation of my colleagues' and my work. Unfortunately, when I read this article, the first thing I did was cringe-for two reasons. First, I know that the "gang of four" on the school board (Benevento, Reynolds, Silverthorn and Geddes) will point to these numbers to support their boasts that the "reinvention of American education" is beginning to bear fruit. Second, I know that nothing is farther from the truth. These scores increase because talented teachers close their doors and teach our promising students the best we know how. I can tell you that I use techniques and strategies gathered from 25 years of training and experience in education. Any success that my students experience in my classroom is in spite of, not because of, the direction that education reformers in DCSD have tried to move my instructional design and delivery. I strongly suspect that my colleagues feel the same way.

Saturday, August 13, 2016 | Report this