ACT scores for 2015 high school graduates are in.
Area schools received letters late last month detailing state and school graduates’ performances and five-year trends.
Approximately 200 fewer 2015 Kansas graduates took the test.
The average score statewide was one-tenth of a percentage lower in English, math and reading. The scores were English 21.3, math 21.6, reading 22.4 and composite 21.9.
The average was the same in science, 21.8.
Though 20 fewer Hays High School students, 119 compared to 139 last year, took the test, the composite score was slightly higher.
Hays High student scores increased in three of the four categories: English from 21.1 to 21.3, math from 22.1 to 22.9 and in science from 21.8 to 22.5. Reading scores fell from 22.2 to 22.1.
The composite score for 2014 graduates was 21.9 and 22.3 for 2015 graduates.
Amy Miller, Thomas More Prep-Marian High School counselor, emailed this year’s averages. She did not release the letter the school received showing the school’s scores and five-year trends.
A total of 64 TMP students, or 73 percent of the class of 2015, took the test. That’s a smaller percentage than the year before, Miller said.
Sixteen of those taking the test were international students.
“International students usually take the SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test), and some take both,” Miller said.
The scores were not all that different from last year, she said.
This year’s scores were English 24.4, math 23.9, reading 25.1 and science 23.9. The average composite score was 24.2, according to Miller.
An HDN story about the class of 2014 ACT scores listed TMP scores as English 24.7, math 24.8, reading 25.1, science 25.3 and composite 24.9.
A dozen 2015 Victoria High School graduates took the test. That number has decreased each year since 2011 when 20 student scores were averaged.
The 2015 scores were English 20, math 19.8, reading 20.3 and science 21.7. Their composite score was 20.4.
This year’s scores reflect an increase in math from 19.6 and science from 20.9 last year. English scores decreased from 21.3 last year, and reading decreased from 21.5, as did the composite, which was 21 in 2014.
Ninety-two percent of the 2015 Ellis High School graduating class took the ACT, EHS Principal Corey Burton said.
That translated to 23 students, and their scores increased in all categories.
The English score was 21.3 compared to 18.8 the year before. The student math score average was 24.4 in 2015 and 20.7 in 2014. EHS reading score average was 23.0 and 19.2 the year before, and science was 23.3 in 2015 and 20.5 in 2014. The composite average was 23.2 for 2015 seniors and 19.9 for those graduating in 2014.
“We had a very good group last year,” Burton said.