Return to Headlines

Forest Hill High School Selected for ACT Prep Pilot Program

September 10, 2019

Forest Hill
Forest Hill High School juniors will take part in the Jumpstart Test Prep Pilot Program to prepare for the spring ACT.

Approximately 250 high school juniors at Forest Hill High School will be part of an ACT pilot program next spring. Forest Hill was one of 22 Mississippi high schools selected at random to participate in Jumpstart Test Prep's Reading and Science Review Pilot Program. The program will prepare students for the state-mandated ACT exam to be administered during the spring 2020 semester. Prep classes will begin at all of the selected Mississippi high schools during the two weeks leading up to the scheduled test day. Currently, the testing window is between February 25 and March 5, 2020.

The Jumpstart Test Prep science and reading review courses were developed by Mississippi STAR teacher and Hall of Fame inductee Dot McClendon. Her 40-plus years of experience and success as a tutor and educator were tapped in developing the courses. The program includes tips and strategies, online review modules, student workbooks and more. Built on her expertise, this program tackles time management during test-taking with engaging, on-demand content.

Last school year, 15 Mississippi high schools completed Jumpstart Test Prep's math review course. Jumpstart reported that nearly half of the participants with prior ACT attempts had an average Math score improvement of 2.24 points.

The pilot program is funded through a $150,000 allocation from the Mississippi Legislature and will support nearly 3,000 juniors statewide this school year. The goal of the 2019-2020 state-sponsored pilot is to help the selected high schools improve ACT composite science and reading sub-score averages and gain feedback and improvement results from schools awarded the review course pilot.