The McPherson school system recently drew national attention when it was the first school district in the U.S. to be granted a waiver from the standard testing of “No Child Left Behind” in favor of using the more challenging ACT testing to measure students’ progress. ALL MCPHERSON HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS ARE REQUIRED TO TAKE THE CAREER READY CERTIFICATE AS A REQUIREMENT OF GRADUATION. This is only part of the school district’s “C3” program to prepare graduating students for success in College, Career, and Citizenship.
At McPherson USD 50 percent of the teachers have earned a masters degree or higher; the average years of employment is 11 years; the average total years of teaching experience is 16 years.
McPherson high school students consistently score higher than state and national averages. The most recent composite ACT score for McPherson High School students was 22.2 with all students participating in conjunction with the C3 initiative. The Kansas composite for the same period was 21.7 and the national composite was 20.9.
McPherson’s High School graduation rate is 93.6% while the State of Kansas high school graduation rate is 89.7%.
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