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Archive for Friday, November 17, 1995

DESOTO BOARD GETS SCORE REPORT

November 17, 1995

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— DeSoto students generally perform better than average on standardized tests, according to a report issued Wednesday.

A state of the district report, presented to board members by Supt. Marilyn Layman, shows that high school students bested the state and national averages on the ACT and Scholastic Aptitude Test last year.

DeSoto's 1994-95 ACT average of 21.3 tied the lowest score since 1990-91 but remained better than the state average of 21.2. The national average was 20.8.

SAT scores posted by DeSoto students were two points better than the state average of 557. DeSoto's average of 559 was 77 points higher than the national average of 482.

Results from another test given to high school and grade school students were mixed.

On the reading and science portions of the Kansas Assessment Test, students generally posted higher scores than state averages. Results varied on the math portion, while DeSoto's social studies scores were lower than the state average.

Elsewhere in the report, officials said enrollment continued to grow. An enrollment chart placed 1995 enrollment at 2,098, a 2 percent increase over 1994 and a 12.6 percent increase over 1992.

Thanks to a class reconfiguration that began this year, however, student-teacher ratios have gone down. The average ratio of 16.69 students per teacher is down from 19.99 in 1994 and 18.63 in 1992.

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