When looking at this data compared to other states, an important piece to interpret is the number (or percent) of
graduates who have taken an ACT. Nebraska has ranked very high each year with typically around 80% of
graduates that have taken an ACT prior to graduation compared to Eastern states that might have as few as
10-30%.  However, due to the new State testing changes, this is the first year that Nebraska will report on 100%
of graduates since all students are now required to take the ACT during their junior year. As you can imagine, if a
school (or state) has 50% of graduates take the ACT, chances are that they are high performing students. Whereas
states like Nebraska, where 100% of graduates take the ACT, will have a lower overall average.So, this is the first year that all graduating seniors at Chadron High School took the ACT test due to the new State testing requirements that began when these graduates were juniors.Here's a summary of our data with comparisons to trends from past years.2018 National Average:    20.82018 Nebraska Average:   20.1 (first year that all graduates took the ACT)2018 Chadron Average:  20.7 (first year that all graduates took the ACT)Chadron High School Historical Trend of ACT Composite Averages

  • 2018  20.7 (first year that EVERY graduate took the ACT)
  • 2017  22.6
  • 2016  21.2
  • 2015  20.4
  • 2014  20.8
  • 2013   22.7
  • 2012   21.4
  • 2011   21.9
  • 2010   22.8
  • 2009   20.6
  • 2008   21.3
  • 2007   20.6
  • 2006   21.9
  • 2005   20.2
  • 2004   21.5
  • 2003   21.0
  • 2002   22.3

Of interesting note, last year 84% of Nebraska's graduates too the ACT. Again, this year Nebraska reported on 100% of graduates taking the ACT. Nebraska scored as the 5th highest
scoring state of the 17 states that have a 100% participation rate! Nebraska's average of 20.1,
narrowly trailed Wisconsin which held the highest average of 20.5.
Congratulations Nebraska!

Two years ago, ACT updated the 'college readiness benchmark scores', making minor changes to the English
and Science benchmarks. Benchmark scores are set through collaborative research with postsecondary
institutions nationwide to show student readiness for college-level coursework.Percent Of Students Meeting All Four Benchmarks (English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science):

  • CHS   29%
  • State   22%

As you can imagine, we are very proud of the academic achievements we have been maintaining. We strive each
year to improve our system approach to student learning beginning in elementary grades all the way through our
high school classrooms.A special thanks to all of our teachers and students for their efforts!!!For parents or students specifically interested in ACT preparation, I'd encourage you to visit with our guidance office for materials and to utilize some of the many online test prep materials including the ACT Online Prep.

Mr. Mack