The results of the state’s latest ACT test shows the number of Kansas students who are college-ready is on the decline. Additionally, as funds are available, the state will provide all students the opportunity to take or retake a college readiness assessment, career readiness assessment, and/or earn industry credentials or certifications in the twelfth grade at no cost to the student or parent. However, their average scores have usually been slightly below the national average and on par with neighboring states.
A total of 24,741 college-bound Kansas students took the ACT this year, up from 24,488 last year.
As recently as 2013 a third of high school juniors in the state did not take the ACT, but now Arkansas is one of 17 states nationwide in which all eleventh graders take it.
While that decision might have caused a temporary dip in scores, the initiative behind ensuring all MS public high school students have taken the ACT is worthwhile in the long run. They are now seniors.
Although the average ACT score for Louisiana’s public high school students has increased for four consecutive years, the state remains below the national average. The highest score possible is 36.
IL topped the national average of 21 and exceeded national averages on percentage of students considered college-ready in English, math, reading and science. Nationwide, 27 percent of students meet all four benchmarks. Barbe High’s average score was 21.5; Sam Houston, 20.9; Sulphur, 20.6; and Westlake, 20.2. In English it was 18.9 this year and 19.8 last year.
Scores for the Douglas County School System (DCSS) Class of 2017 were: English: 19.1, Mathematics: 19.1, Reading: 20.5, Science: 19.9, and overall Composite: 19.8. ACT says that because different shares of students take the test in different states, it’s hard to meaningfully rank scores by state. First of all, a large number of new students was added to the cohort, which is the official terminology for the group taking the test. In the same time, the national average ACT composite score for all students, including states that only test select populations, has remained flat at 21.
“Unfortunately, this year’s ACT results are further evidence that Kansas educational progress has stagnated at best, and begun to decline at worst”, he said. The number of MS students tested in the class of 2017 was 36,000, nearly 7,000 more than in 2015.
White said 15,406 students scored a 21 or above in 2017, an increase of 3,896 student since 2012.
The state Department of Career Education offers evening and weekend classes for students who score below a 19 and want to improve their scores on a second attempt at the ACT.
Students who score below 19 must take remedial course work in college.