Dayton teachers take ACT to better prepare students

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN)- A Dayton public school principal is getting a better idea about what his students go through as they prepare for college

And he’s putting his knowledge to the test.

David Taylor, along with his staff at Dayton Education College Academy (DECA), wanted to change the outlook of the ACT.

The DECA staff took the examd and they’ve learned just how hard the test can be.

“I was fine until about 10 minutes before the test. I started getting really nervous. I realized that I didn’t know as much as I thought I knew and I realized I was out of practice,” said David Taylor, DECA’s principal.

Taylor’s experience is why he encouraged his staff to take the test in the first place.

After several hours, he said teachers realized a lot has changed from when they took similar exams, from shortened times for each section to the questions themselves.

“Frankly, it was one of those things where I couldn’t wait for it to be over. About half way through, I was mentally exhausted,” the principal admitted.

DECA senior, .Shaylynn Hespeth understood her principal’s feeling.

“Absolutely, taking the ACT makes me nervous because I know the ACT determines like your next step for the rest of life,” explained the senior.

Hespeth believes teachers who have taken the test can now better prepare her for it.

“So now, I know I can go to them and ask them like ‘okay so you took it, it’s fresh in their mind so how do you think I should approach it,” Hespeth said.

That’s the outcome DECA’s principal is hoping for.

On average, his students score 20 out of 36,  which was the national average in 2013.

Ohio’s average is about 21.

Taylor would like his students to test above the average

The staff plans to adjust their lesson plans for their 480 students.

They will use more ACT-like questions, plus reflect the same time frame used on the exam.

2 NEWS did ask how each of the staff members scored.

They said they will have to wait about a month before they see if they aced the test.

In the meantime, they’re preparing for this school year and helping their students make the mark. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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