Results released Wednesday show that Kansas students continue to top the national average for composite scores on the ACT test. Kansas students had a composite score of 22.0, the highest recorded in the past 5 years and up from 21.9 last year.
With 74 % of the over 32,000 seniors in Kansas taking the ACT, Kansas ranks in the top 20% in participation and the 5-year trend data on Kansas students continues upward.
The national average ACT composite score for 2008 graduates was 21.1, down from 21.2 last year. This was equal to the 2006 average composite score and higher than the 2004 and 2005 averages of 20.9.
“I am extremely proud of our Kansas schools and students. The composite score of 22.0 ranks them as best in the nation when compared to states where at least three-quarters of the graduating seniors participate in the ACT. Only one state, South Dakota, tied the Kansas results,” said Alexa Posny, Kansas Commissioner of Education.
Below is a link to the table of average ACT scores by state for the 2008 ACT-tested graduates. Kansas should be compared with states testing at least 74% of their students.