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Emporia High ACT Scores Increase

Sep 9, 2016 | District News Release

Class of 2016 ACT Scores Highest in Five Years

Average ACT scores for Emporia High School graduates are improving, according to the results announced this week by Principal Britton Hart.

The 2016 graduates who took the college-readiness exam improved overall scores in English, math, reading and science, and the average composite score of 21.8 is the highest in at least five years. He credits staff and students with the success, along with an ACT prep class added to the course offerings three years ago.

“I think it is a remarkable reflection of the hard work our students have put forth in their classes to prepare them for the ACT, but more importantly for their post-secondary futures,” Dr Hart said.  

“The results also confirm the intentional efforts our staff have dedicated to our students to ensure all students have the best learning opportunities available anywhere.   Lastly, we started our ACT prep program three years ago and we enjoying the fruits of our labor.  Big thanks to all staff and students for all their hard work.”

Assistant Superintendent of Teaching & Learning George Abel noted that generally more students from diverse backgrounds are taking the ACT, a positive indication they are planning for post-secondary education.

Students are taking more courses that prepare them for post-secondary educational program, and the rigor of those courses results in better scores, he said.

“I am pleased with the number of students we have taking the ACT as well as the diversity of those students.  Our scores definitely show we have more students taking the coursework and understanding the role higher level coursework plays in doing well on the ACT tests.”

Dr. Abel also acknowledged the emphasis placed on college readiness by teachers and administrators at EHS. 

“The staff at EHS should take great pride in the ACT performance of our students the previous year and continue stressing the connection between high school course taking and success on the ACT,” he said.

Average scores for 2016 EHS graduates were: English, 20.7, an increase from 19.8 in 2015; math, 21.9, an increase from 21.6; reading, 22.3, an increase from 21.1, science, 21.8, an increase from 21.2; and a composite of 21.8, an increase of 21.1. ACT scores are graded on a 36-point scale.

The ACT report also tells school leaders how prepared students are for college coursework, based on benchmark scores established by the testing organization

This year’s average composite score for Kansas students was 21.9, compared with the national average of 20.8. Kansas ACT scores remained the same in English and science, increased slightly in reading and decreased slightly in math, according to the Kansas Department of Education.

Seventy-four percent of Kansas high school seniors took the 2016 ACT test, compared to 64 percent nationally.

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