A program at St. Louis Park High School was one of four national award winners in an ACT push for college readiness.
SLPHS’s Building Assets Reducing Risk program, which seeks to prevent students from failing, got the ACT “College and Career Transition Award” because it “successfully prepares students of diverse backgrounds for life after graduation, and demonstrates student growth toward meeting ACT’s College and Career Readiness Benchmarks.”
Officials said the program at SLPHS has reduced the number of ninth-graders failing first-year high school classes from 44 percent to 11.5 percent.
Minnesota Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius said in a statement:
“As we look to increase student achievement for all our students and break down barriers of access to higher education, we want to continue recognizing those programs that are showing progress. St. Louis Park High School is showing sustained results with this strategy. I hope this award encourages them to share their work and help other schools replicate their success.”
The other ACT award winners Tuesday night in Washington, D.C., were Bozeman High School in Bozeman, Mont.; Shelton State Community College in Tuscaloosa, Ala.; and Bodine Electric Company in Peosta, Iowa.