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Area students swarm to ACT tests

8/25/2014

By JUDY SHERARD

By JUDY SHERARD

jsherard@dailynews.net

Area high schools have received results for 2014 graduates in the American College Test.

A total of 75 percent of Kansas high school graduating seniors participated in the test compared to 57 percent nationally.

Ninety percent of Ellis High School's senior class took the test, the highest percentage of the four Ellis County high schools.

"Our 10-year average for percentage of kids tested is 86 percent," EHS Principal Corey Burton said in an email. "We are a little above that with the class of 2014."

The school's scores are English 18.8, math 20.7, reading 19.2, science 20.5 and the composite is 19.9.

At Victoria High School, 15 of the 18 graduating seniors, 83 percent, took the ACT, principal Stuart Moeckel said.

The school's counselor encourages every student to take the ACT, he said.

"We have a lot of kids taking it," Moeckel said.

Victoria's scores are English 21.3, math 19.6, reading 21.5, science 20.9 and composite of 22.

At Hays High "81.7 percent of our 2014 graduates took the ACT," principal Marty Straub said in an email.

Scores are English 21.1, math 22.1, reading 22.2, science 21.8 and the composite was 21.9.

Thomas More Prep-Marian High School had the lowest percentage -- 75 percent -- take the ACT.

Most international students prefer the SAT, Scholastic Aptitude Test, and 30 percent took that test, TMP counselor Amy Miller said.

"They go out-of-state or (out-of-) country. A few take both," Miller said.

TMP ACT scores are English 24.7, math 24.8, reading 25.1, science 25.3 and composite 24.9.

"They scored very well. I'm very pleased with the students' performance," Miller said.

Kansas scores are English 21.4, math 21.7, reading 22.5, science 21.8 and the composite was 22.

The ACT is offered six times throughout the year, according to a Kansas Department of Education news release. It's recommended students take the ACT test once or twice during their junior year. They can choose to take it again in the fall of their senior year.