ACT scores shine in Kansas, rank #2 nationwide
By Joe Cadotte. CREATED Aug 21, 2014
On paper, Kansas high school grads outperform, and out-pace students nationwide.
More than 30 percent of Kansas students who take the ACT will meet or excel college criteria in English, reading, math and science - ranking them the second highest ACT scorers underneath Minnesota.
In Kansas, 75 percent of high school graduates take the ACT compared to the national average of 57 percent.
The percentage of Kansas high school graduates meeting college readiness, in all subjects, increased for the fourth year in a row. The average composite score was recorded at its largest increase since 2011.
The ACT college readiness benchmarks a 50 percent chance of achieving at least a B in entry-level college classes.
“This gives us a more complete picture of the college readiness of our students and helps inform state and local education decisions in Kansas," said Education Commissioner Brad Neuenswander. "Our students continue to score ahead of the national average and our goal is to continue to increase the number of children meeting and exceeding established benchmarks.”
The ACT demonstrates the importance of taking core coursework in high school, Neuenswander said, which include four years of English and three years of math, science and social studies.