CPS students improve on ACT, AP scores

September 10, 2008 5:20:15 PM PDT
Chicago public high school students are making big strides with their ACT scores and advanced placement courses. Chicago Public Schools' CEO Arne Duncan announced Wednesday that over the past five years, composite ACT scores have increased from 16.9 to 17.6. That's a rate of improvement more than three times the national average and nearly double the state's rate of improvement.

The number of Chicago Public Schools students taking advanced placement tests has jumped by 108 percent.

"The progress is real; it's demonstrable; it's dramatically faster than the either the state or the country. So it tells us we are on the right path," said Duncan.

Duncan says there is more work to be done. His goal is to get the average ACT scores up to 20.