Tulsa Student Earns Perfect ACT Score: Takes Credit For Being Prepared

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Two Tulsa students scored a perfect 36 on the ACT — each on their first try, according to a recent article published in the Tulsa World.

Was this a result of the students’ teachers using Marzano’s best practices on them? Did they have nothing but superior teachers on the Tulsa TLE? Did high-stakes tests prepare these students for perfect ACT scores?

Not according to one of these students.

Instead, Cameron Alred believes most of the accountability lies with him:

Alred said he estimates that doing well on the ACT is about 50 percent being mentally and physically prepared, such as sleeping well and eating a good breakfast; 25 percent coursework; and 25 percent luck.

(Emphasis is mine.)

So, in other words, this student, who is apparently an expert in successful ACT test-taking, believes that getting a good night’s sleep and eating a good breakfast helped him do well on the test?

This makes one wonder about all those students who are living in poverty-stricken homes where they don’t know when the next meal is coming, and where no one insists they get a good night’s sleep.

Personally, I think one can also include a student’s inherent mental capacity for taking four-hour tests should also be factored into that initial 50 percent.

That said, I think Alred is exactly right about where accountability for his success lies.


About the author 

Michelle Boyd Waters, M.Ed.

I am a secondary English Language Arts teacher, a University of Oklahoma student working on my doctorate in Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum with an concentration in English Education and co-Editor of the Oklahoma English Journal. I am constantly seeking ways to amplify students' voices and choices.

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