The award is for increasing the number of students taking the ACT Assessment over the past five years and significantly increasing their level of achievement and college readiness. The Louisiana ACT Council is comprised of secondary and postsecondary educators who advise ACT, Inc. on the utilization of ACT programs and services in Louisiana schools and colleges.
ACT, Inc. is the not-for-profit organization that provides assessment, research, information, and program management services in the broad areas of education and workforce development and the publisher of the ACT Assessment. The ACT Assessment is the college admissions test that is used and accepted by all colleges nationwide and throughout Louisiana. In 2008, over 85% of Louisiana students took the ACT which is the predominant college admissions and readiness achievement test in Louisiana.
According to Karen L. Pennell, Assistant Vice President and ACT Southwest Regional Manager, “The Louisiana ACT Council wanted to recognize those Louisiana high schools that have made significant strides in increasing the college readiness of their graduates as demonstrated by their ACT score increases over the past five years. This can only happen as a result of the high school’s faculty and staff efforts and the dedication of Vermilion
“Catholic High School students and parents to focus on college readiness and raise the level of college readiness for all students. Only 12 high schools in Louisiana were honored for this superior level of accomplishment.”
Last school year thirty-six Vermilion Catholic students were members of a new club on campus, the Eagle ACT 21+ Club. To be a member of this club students must attain a score of 21 or above on the ACT test.