After a year of frustrations, Kansas educators have cause to celebrate. On the ACT college entrance exam, Kansas high school students continue to score better than their peers in most other states.
As The Wichita Eagle reports, this year’s average composite score for Kansas students was over a point higher than the nationwide average on the 36-point scale. But overall, the Kansas score hasn’t changed much in recent years. This year’s figures remained the same in English and science. The numbers increased slightly in reading, but decreased slightly in math, according to the Kansas Department of Education.
And there’s more good news: There are more students taking the ACT in Kansas than ever. In the last four years, the number of students who took the test increased by almost two and a half percent. Nationwide, only 64 percent of high school seniors took the ACT test this year. In Kansas, that number was ten points higher.