REED CITY \u2014 When it comes to average composite scores for the ACT test, students at high schools within the Mecosta Osceola Intermediate School Districts seem to be on par with students statewide. Out of a possible 36 points, the average ACT composite score statewide for 2015 was 19.9, according to recently released data from the Michigan Department of Education. Of the six high schools within the MOISD, two were above that average, while the other four were below, yet close to the 19.9 score. Big Rapids High School led the pack with highest average composite score of 21. They were followed by Crossroads Charter Academy at 20.7, Chippewa Hills High School with 19.6, Reed City High School with 19.3, Evart High School with 18.6 and Morley Stanwood High School with 18.2. Big Rapids High School Principal Ron Pincumbe said the school is very proud of its students\u2019 achievement on the ACT. \u201cI believe our scores are a direct reflection of the hard work and commitment that our students put forth in their academic studies, as well as the rigorous course opportunities we provide that prepare them to do well,\u201d Pincumbe said. Reed City High School Principal Monty Price said the average score was right around where he had estimated students would be. \u201cWe were anticipating being in the 19-range,\u201d Price said. \u201cWe\u2019re pleased to see that and compared to last year, we are up almost a full point. However, you have to look and realize you are comparing a different group of kids each year.\u201d According to data from 2014, the average composite ACT score for that year at Reed City High School was 18.4. To prepare for the ACT, students at RCHS from freshman to junior year utilize the academic center to work with teachers and practice for the test, Price said. \u201cOur teachers work hard and our students work hard in preparation,\u201d he said. \u201cWe have seen the benefits of it.\u201d As part of the program, students take two to three practice tests similar to the real ACT leading up to their junior year when they take the actual test. The school holds on to that data, following the progress and estimating how well students will do when test time rolls around, Price said. \u201cThroughout the course we witnessed steady improvements,\u201d he said. Evart High School Principal Dennis Peacock was encouraged by the most recent average composite score, which was up two points from the year before. "This is the highest composite score in the last six years for our district," Peacock said. "We had a dip in the scores for the class of 2015, but overall it's been an upward trend over last few years." Although schools may have gotten accustomed to the ACT test, this spring, Michigan students will begin taking the SAT instead of the ACT. However, RCHS has continued utilizing the academic center, with teachers following the same format they previously used to prepare students for the ACT. Evart High School will do preparation for the SAT, but is focused more on incorporating learning into daily teaching rather than relying on test taking strategies, Peacock said. "We're really trying to approach this from the direction of if we implement good, sound teaching and learning strategies, it shouldn\u2019t matter what kind of test they are taking," Peacock said. \u00a0"Whether it's the ACT or SAT, they'll be able to do well."