In today’s daily 5 Things You Need to Know feature, ThisWeekinWorcester.com explores five important items and stories that Worcester and Central Massachusetts residents should keep a close eye on.
These five things can cover a whole range of subjects and issues that we feel are pertinent to understanding what’s going on in the city and the cities and towns surrounding Worcester.
In today’s edition - Wednesday, October 20 - Worcester Public Schools kicks-off Coats for Kids 2021, Massachusetts students post the best ACT scores in the nation, Major Taylor Museum ribbon cutting scheduled, a free axe throwing open house this weekend at Far Shot and the Massachusetts Fire Marshall offers tips for Halloween fire safety.
Worcester Public Schools Coats for Kids Program will soon kick-off its campaign the school year. The program provides new winter outerwear to Worcester children in need.
Funding for the program comes through donations to the Worcester Educational Development Foundation [WEDF], the fiscal agent of the program. All donations are tax deductible.
See different ways you can support the program at the Coats for Kids website.
— WPS Coats for Kids (@ForWps) October 19, 2021
The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education announced on Tuesday, October 19, that students in Massachusetts led the nation in ACT store in 2021.
The ACT is a standardized test used for college admissions in the United States
Massachusetts 2021 public and private high school graduates who elected to take the ACT had an average composite score of 27.6 out of a possible 36. That score is up from an average composite score of 26 in 2020. The average composite score for public school graduates was 27.9.
The national average for public and private school students was 20.3, a slight decrease from last year’s 20.6. In addition, 70% of Massachusetts graduates met all four ACT college readiness benchmarks, up from 59% last year and above the national average of 25%.
Massachusetts students lead the nation in percentage of 2021 ACT test takers meeting the math (81%), science (79%) and reading (83%) benchmarks. Both Massachusetts and Connecticut test takers tied, with 81% meeting the English benchmark.
Both nationally and in Massachusetts, fewer graduating seniors took the ACT in 2021 than in 2020 or 2019. Nationally, the number of ACT test takers dropped 27% between 2019 and 2021. In Massachusetts, it dropped 64%, from 15,713 in 2019 to 5,676 in 2021. Approximately 7% of the Massachusetts class of 2021 took the ACT.
The majority of graduating seniors in Massachusetts historically take the SAT.
The Major Taylor Museum, at the former Worcester County Courthouse at 2 Main Street, hosts a ribbon cutting ceremony at 8 AM on Friday, October 29, at 8 AM.
The museum is in honor of Marshall Walter "Major" Taylor, known as the Worcester Whirlwind, who was the first African American world champion cyclist in 1899 and the second black world champion in any sport. Taylor moved to Worcester in 1896.
The project is by Trinity Financial, developer of Courthouse Lofts.
Far Shot Worcester at 44 Front Street hosts an open house for its Grand Opening weekend on Friday, October 22 and Saturday, October 23 from 5 PM to 9 PM.
The events feature free axe throwing for those 12-years-old and up with coaching and all equipment provided. Far Shot will also be handing out prizes and giveaways.
Attendees must RSVP to participate.
With spooky season upon us, Massachusetts Fire Marshall Peter Ostroskey reminds parents and guardians of the number of different areas good safety practices are important for Halloween.