2008-03-13 / Front Page

LaSalle High School Teachers Take ACT


At 9:03 a.m. Friday, March 7, the first group of 18 LaSalle High School teachers opened their booklets, raised their pencils, and began taking a 35-minute timed ACT reading test. "I'd like you to think," said High School Principal Don Gustafson prior to testing, "this is what our juniors are facing." St. Ignace students had the day off, and the exercise was part of the teachers' Professional Development Day program. High school teachers pictured (from left) are Jon Olsen, Andrew Long, Connie Olsen, Kip Wiersma, and Nichole Martin. All LaSalle teachers are taking a sample test in reading, said Mr. Gustafson, since it covers all disciplines. The ACT is divided into five sections, including English, science, mathematics, writing, and reading. At one time, the ACT was taken by students planning to attend college, and now it is a portion of the Michigan Merit Examination. School juniors are taking that examination this week. The teachers scored their own tests and reviewed all sections of the test later in the day, he said, to give them a chance to reflect on what is being taught in the classroom to prepare students. At 9:03 a.m. Friday, March 7, the first group of 18 LaSalle High School teachers opened their booklets, raised their pencils, and began taking a 35-minute timed ACT reading test. "I'd like you to think," said High School Principal Don Gustafson prior to testing, "this is what our juniors are facing." St. Ignace students had the day off, and the exercise was part of the teachers' Professional Development Day program. High school teachers pictured (from left) are Jon Olsen, Andrew Long, Connie Olsen, Kip Wiersma, and Nichole Martin. All LaSalle teachers are taking a sample test in reading, said Mr. Gustafson, since it covers all disciplines. The ACT is divided into five sections, including English, science, mathematics, writing, and reading. At one time, the ACT was taken by students planning to attend college, and now it is a portion of the Michigan Merit Examination. School juniors are taking that examination this week. The teachers scored their own tests and reviewed all sections of the test later in the day, he said, to give them a chance to reflect on what is being taught in the classroom to prepare students.

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