ASPIRE Successfully Increasing ACT Scores

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ASPIRE (ACT Supplemental Preparation in Rural Education) is designed to bridge deficits in rural high school students’ performance on the ACT College Entrance Examination in order to increase the number of students pursuing higher education.

As a high school student, preparing for a college entrance examination like the ACT can be pretty difficult. Cooperative Extension Agents and public high school teachers have teamed up to offer courses in rural counties to prepare sophomores and juniors for the ACT College Entrance Examination through the ASPIRE program.

Recently, 9 Cherokee County high school students completed the ASPIRE program. Several of the juniors that attend public school’s had to take the actual ACT that the Department of Public Instruction gives to all high school junior’s across the state in February. According to parents of the students because of the ASPIRE class their students did better than average. The ASPIRE instructor doesn’t have access to the scores of students on their actual ACT scores from the test that the state gives the students. The students have to take 4 practice test during the ASPIRE class. The students should improve as they go through the class, which prepares them for the actual test. Some parents have reported that their student’s improved their scores on the actual ACT and other’s say that their student would not have done as well as they did if it wasn’t for the class.

If you would like more information on the ASPIRE program please contact, Shannon Coleman, at or 828-837-2210 ext. 4.