By Justin Lofton
ADA—Ada High School and Konawa High School were recently among 24 schools in the state awarded Oklahoma 2010 College Readiness Awards.
The award is given to schools that significantly increase ACT Composite scores over a five year period, increase or maintain participation in the ACT and improve college readiness for students.
Ada Public Schools Superintendent Pat Harrison said this is the second year in a row for Ada High to receive the award.
He said he views the award for the second straight year as a positive sign for teachers at all levels of the school.
“Although this award is made to Ada High School, to me it is a reflection of the great job our teachers do at our grade centers through Ada Junior High as well,” Harrison said. “Our staff is doing a fantastic job preparing our students for life beyond high school, and increasing ACT scores reflect just that.”
He said credit is also due to students and parents who realize the importance of testing in contemporary education.
“With high stakes, end-of-instruction testing now in place, assessments are a huge part of the lives of our students and teachers alike. It seems our kids and teachers are always trying to prepare for the next test,” he said. “There is an art to test taking. The kids obviously have a good understanding of the content, but I think students are becoming better test-takers too.”
Konawa Superintendent Don Sjoberg could not be reached by press time.