Marshall student Anthony Cotter has been in the news of late for his perfect ACT score.

While we are rightfully proud of his achievements, we are equally proud of the high quality of work being done all our students, many of whom have gotten perfect scores on sub-tests within the ACT or SAT over the years.

Teaching First
Here at Marshal we don’t put the same level of emphasis on testing as you’ll find in public schools. We don’t test as often, and we don’t teach to the test. Instead, we ask our teachers to set high standards for everybody and create a culture of performance in the classroom that will pay dividends not only at test time but later in life as well.

College Prep for All
The results speak for themselves. Culturally, high performance is a part of the fabric at Marshall. Nearly 100% of our students take the ACT vs. 66% in Duluth public schools. All our students are college bound, and therefore our ACT results reflect the overall college focus at Marshall and the high quality of work being done by every student.

Peers have a tremendous influence on how students approach academics and we believe that in this regard a rising tide does indeed lift all boats.

Marshall’s Scores
A few weeks ago the Duluth News Tribune published a report with local ACT scores. They did not contact Marshall. Thankfully, though, all colleges receive the average scores of the school as well as the state, which they take into account in judging the overall quality and rigor of the school’s program.

Marshall Duluth Minnesota
Participation 100% 66% 70%
2011 Avg Score 25.8 23.1 22.9
2012 Avg Score 26.4 ? ?

The 2011 scores reflect last year’s graduating class. The 2012 scores, for this year’s seniors, have not been published. A few days ago we did receive news from ACT that ours has risen to 26.4, and this is the score that will be used in this year’s School Profile that goes to colleges.

When interpreting the scores, it is important to note that one point makes a big difference in where somebody ranks relative to their peers. A student who scores a 22 would be in the 62nd-percentile (better than 38% of all students). A score of 26 would puts somebody in the 84th-percentile, a full 20% better than a score of 22.