ACT scores of Kansas students slightly lower this year

Kansas students’ average composite score on the ACT college entrance exam decreased slightly this year, and fewer than a third of seniors who took the test met college readiness benchmarks, according to a news release.

The average composite score for Kansas students who took the 2013 ACT test was 21.8, down from 21.9 in 2012, officials with the State Department of Education said in the release. That’s still ahead of the national average, which declined from 21.1 in 2012 to 20.9 in 2013.

The number of Kansas high school graduating seniors taking the ACT set an all-time high, but represented only 75 percent of the state’s graduating seniors.

Of those students, 30 percent met college readiness benchmarks in English, reading, math and science, up from 29 percent in 2012 and ahead of the national average of 26 percent.

The benchmarks represent scores that would indicate the level of preparation needed to have at least a 50 percent chance of making a B or above in entry-level college coursework, the release said.

The most significant decline was in the percentage of Kansas students who met reading benchmarks – 51 percent, down from 60 percent a year ago. Kansas experienced the greatest increase in its percentage of students meeting science standards – 42 percent this year, up from 35 percent in 2012.

The percentage of Kansas students who met college readiness benchmarks in English and math declined slightly from 2012: 72 percent met English benchmarks, down from 73 percent; 51 percent met math benchmarks, down from 52 percent.