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Kansas students above average on ACT; fewer met math readiness benchmarks

Published on -8/20/2014, 4:46 PM

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By Suzanne Perez Tobias

The Wichita Eagle

(MCT) Kansas students' overall performance on the ACT college readiness exam increased slightly for the fourth year in a row and topped the national average, but fewer students met readiness benchmarks in math, according to a report released Wednesday.

This year's average composite score for Kansas students was 22 -- up 0.2 percent from 2013 and above the national average of 21 out of a possible 36.

Kansas ACT scores remained the same in math but increased in English, reading and science. Seventy-five percent of Kansas graduates took the ACT exam this year, compared to 57 percent nationally.

In addition to providing composite scores on the exam, ACT measures performance toward college readiness benchmarks in English, reading, math and science. The benchmarks represent scores that would indicate a level of preparation needed to have at least a 50 percent chance of getting a B or above in entry-level college courses.

Only half of Kansas students who took the ACT exam met the college readiness benchmark in math, down from 51 percent in 2013 and 52 percent in 2012.

Seventy-two percent of Kansas students met the college readiness benchmark for English, 52 percent in reading and 44 percent in science.

For more information about Kansas students' performance on the ACT exam, visit www.act.org.

(c)2014 The Wichita Eagle

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