Kuemper Catholic wins ACT award for achievement


February 9th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the college entrance exam organization ACT have recognized the Kuemper Catholic High School in Carroll as a “Legacy Red Quill” award winner. Nearly fifty high schools across the Midwest have received recognition for their achievements to better prepare students for college and career readiness. The high-achieving schools are being honored for 2011-2012 , through both the ACT’s Red Quill, and Red Quill Legacy Awards.

ACT recognizes those schools and districts with demonstrated commitment over several years through the Red Quill Legacy Award. This year’s Legacy Award winners include 17 schools in six states, all of which are experiencing sustained improvement in student achievement.

Fewer than one quarter of schools that apply are awarded the Red Quill, which recognizes schools in the Midwest that take innovative approaches to improve their curriculum, teaching practices, and academic counseling. The winners also effectively use ACT assessment data-EXPLORE, PLAN, and the ACT exam-to benefit student achievement. EXPLORE, normally an eighth grade assessment, PLAN, normally a tenth-grade assessment, and the ACT test, normally taken by eleventh and twelfth graders, all measure whether students are on track for success in college and career. 

Red Quill and Red Quill Legacy Award recipients are recognized at each of the Midwest region’s ACT State Organization Annual Conferences.