August 19, 2010 11:33 AM
The 2010 ACT scores are out and Madison schools did well again. The overall Wisconsin average was 22.1 on a scale of 36, which ranked our state third in the nation, something to be proud of. But Madison has even more to be happy about. West High School scored 25.9, Memorial was at 25.4 and East came in at 22.4, all above the state average. (La Follette's scores weren't available yet.) Madison public schools also compared well to our suburbs with DeForest at 23.9, Verona coming in at 23.4 and Middleton at 24.6.
While I tend to agree with those who say that there's too much emphasis placed on test scores these days, I have to admit that some empirical data showing the strength of Madison's public schools is good news not just for them but for the city as a whole. After all, most young families look at the quality of the public schools as their first priority in choosing where to live. So, congratulations are in order to the teachers and the administrators who helped make it happen and mostly, of course, to the kids who actually took the tests.