Editor’s note: This is part of an ongoing series on test scores at schools in Carter County and the surrounding area.

Plainview High School’s average ACT scores for 2017 reflect improvement over last year, rising from a composite score of 21.6 to 22.7.
“We’re still doing Oklahoma standards, but we’re putting in the ACT standards to go along with it to help these scores,” principal Brian Nickel said. “Standards get moved around a little bit, but we’re going to continue teaching to the standards set in front of us.”
Changes at the state level haven’t affected Plainview’s ACT scores for 2017. The numbers have held relatively steady, at 22.3 in 2013 and 21.4 in 2015, well above the state average of 19.4.
PHS counselor Mary Lynn Wood said the school rolls ACT prep into the curriculum, giving students an edge.
“Because we realize how important the ACT scores are for getting kids into the colleges they want to go to and scholarship money, our core classes have been integrating ACT prep into their classroom schedules,” Wood said. “We feel like that’s helped.”
Wood said students tend to be focused on their scores, often taking the test four or five times until they get the score they want.
While the state board of education places new emphasis on ACT testing for high school students, pushing for more juniors to take it, Plainview High School’s test scores have held steady and have not been drastically effected by those changes.
Assistant principal Johni Bell said, historically, most Plainview juniors take the ACT, so the statewide push for more testing didn’t have much effect on the district’s average composite score. The school did see an increase from 91 students who tested last year to 118 students who tested this year.