SCPS alters ACT standards

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They are now aligned with state; some schedules are changed

By Todd Martin

After some confusion over instate ACT benchmarks, a few students in Shelby County are seeing their class schedules changed during this second week of school.

Benchmarks used by Shelby County Public Schools and reported in Friday's Sentinel-Newswere changed after publication to mirror the state standards.

SCPS now charges students to achieve the same instate benchmarks on the ACT, which are 18 in English, 19 in math and 20 in reading.

A few students who came up short of the earlier standards were placed in the district's transition courses.

"It was a relatively small number," said Kerry Fannin, the district director of secondary schools. "The students affected [who met the state standards] have been moved out of the classes."

Those students who now reach the benchmarks will need to enroll in another math or English course to complete their high school requirements.