Karla Denny, Director of Communications, 785-296-4876
August 13, 2008
ACT scores in Kansas continue to top national average
TOPEKA: Results released today show that Kansas students continue to top the national average for composite scores on the ACT test. Kansas students had a composite score of 22.0, the highest recorded in the past 5 years and up from 21.9 last year. With 74 % of the over 32,000 seniors in Kansas taking the ACT, Kansas ranks in the top 20% in participation and the 5-year trend data on Kansas students continues upward. The national average ACT composite score for 2008 graduates was 21.1, down from 21.2 last year. This was equal to the 2006 average composite score and higher than the 2004 and 2005 averages of
Of the 23,687 Kansas graduating seniors participating in the ACT exam this year, five percent or 1,124 were African American students and 1,258 (5%) were Hispanic. African American students’ composite score was 17.9, a gain over the previous year’s data. Hispanic students had a composite score of 19.4, also up from the 2007 data. Both groups continue to exceed the national average for African American and Hispanic students.
“I am extremely proud of our Kansas schools and students. The composite score of 22.0 ranks them as best in the nation when compared to states where at least three-quarters of the graduating seniors participate in the ACT. Only one state, South Dakota, tied the Kansas results,” stated Alexa Posny, Kansas Commissioner of Education.
Below is a link to the table of average ACT scores by state for the 2008 ACT-tested graduates. Kansas should be compared with states testing at least 74% of their students. http://www.act.org/news/data/08/states.html
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