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Average ACT score for Lawrence students lower this year

August 22, 2012


The average composite ACT score for Lawrence students was lower this year than last, though about 100 more students took the college entrance exam.

In the 2010-11 school year, a total of 462 Lawrence High and Free State students took the test and got an average score of 24 out of 36. Last year, 568 students scored an average of 23.2, according to data released Wednesday. Students at both schools scored higher than the state average in all four tested categories. The average score statewide is 21.9 (down from an even 22), and nationally it’s 21.1.

The ACT measures college readiness and is a component of college applications. The four areas tested are English, reading, math and science.

Eudora high schoolers scored an average of 22.9, a full point above the state average and a tenth of a point over the 2011 average composite score of 22.8, said Kristin Magette, communications director for the school.

Participation is up across Kansas; 81 percent of the class of 2012 took part compared with 79 percent in the previous year.

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— The Associated Press contributed to this story.


consumer1 5 years, 9 months ago

Does this mean the schools have stopped studying the act test in preparation for the actual test?

Tim Quest 5 years, 9 months ago

Uh...what? The ACT isn't a test taught or given in high schools. Given your comment history, it's really no surprise you had no idea what it is.

4getabouit 5 years, 9 months ago

Are you serious? Are teachers suppose to teach a particular content and then test on something never taught? Does a coach prepare his team by practicing particular plays and strategy all week and then run plays never practiced in the game. They scout the other team and prepare accordingly. Just like the military prepares for certain battles and KU prepares for KSU....they practice within the context of expectations and anticipate the tendencies of the adversary. I've never seen the standardized tests published before given to students. There are ACT Prep courses that prepare students for format and question design. There are also prep studies for the LSAT and MCAT. Your statement is sadly uninformed and naive Consumer.

question4u 5 years, 9 months ago

On top of that, of the 82% of Kansas high school graduates who took the ACT in 2012 only 35% earned scores indicating readiness for science in college.

It's no problem though. The recent cuts to education and those that are coming will no doubt be like a shot of adrenaline to the heart of Kansas schools. We can expect those ACT scores to zoom upward over the next couple of years. If they don't, it's easy enough to fix the problem by making even larger cuts to education spending.

Scott Morgan 5 years, 9 months ago

NCLB was a great great great idea. For Kansas, no? For Mississippi, yes.

NCLB a Kennedy/Bush initiative will no doubt go down as a savior for our precious youth.

Kansas no. Well, Kansas and Kansans have always loved education. The best in the nation, no......the worst a long shot no. Actually a Kansas diploma is usually a sign of hard work and accomplishment. Good to great schools, time to quit making fun of Eudora. Eudora for many moons have had a badly kept secret. The schools are great. Same with Hays, or Emporia, or the little school you pass going to Colorado. Much better than Colorado I may add.

Mississippi yes. What else could we reel in an ill fated program of federalism as the 1950s takeover of public schools can we find bigger failures as some states, and they aint all Southern either. Rhymes with Fontana. Arkansas education for instance is a redistribution of wealth. Fed, state, local, you name it. They were producing kids who couldn't spell or point to their own sternum. Let alone go to college.

NCLB in essence forced by the threat of withholding fed funds to Arkansas...and..others to give all U.S. kids a real chance in life by "offering" an education. This threat made even the knuckle of the knuckheads running school districts to pay attention.

Oh yes, Arkansas supers made big big bucks even with horrible student outcomes. The threat of pulling funding made them spat the pants. The idea of a free Crown Vic, 200K and lifetime insurance, vacations sic trips, cashable insurance, and all the freebees we buffoons have no idea are part of administration contracts forced them to actually try to educate all students.

So before we condemn the outdated NCLB, please take your hat off and think about all the kids from states who did not give kids a chance.

Ceallach 5 years, 9 months ago

"The ACT measures college readiness and is a component of college applications. The four areas tested are English, reading, math and science."

Should teachers be preparing students for college readiness? Yes, of course they should. This isn't about sports or military . . . it's about high school.

It is English, reading, math and science--skills students will need whether or not they plan to seek a 12+ education. College readiness should be the goal, and if the curriculum doesn't accomplish that, it should be changed.

Scott Morgan 5 years, 9 months ago

Question 4u.......actually spending on students have little to do with outcomes. Has a lot to do with school board members wanting to put names on buildings. Has a lot to do with companies selling workbooks (consumables), when you as the public are told to buy folders and paper.. Take a drive by Vinland School for instance. You will see a newer million buck gym, now going to seed. What advantage did this gym, no defunct do for any student's eduction.

If Lawrence really really wanted to make this district great, then put the money into hiring the best teachers available. Then keep them.

Scott Morgan 5 years, 9 months ago

The new standards for Missouri and Kansas are called common core. Meaning we in Missouri prepare each student for college.

Steve Jacob 5 years, 9 months ago

100 less ACT test shows less kids going to college. Like the housing bubble, the price increases of 5-10% a year can only go on so long.

goodcountrypeople 5 years, 9 months ago

Kansas in my humble opinion does not boast many homegrown brainiacs, and that's being way too kind about it.

chootspa 5 years, 9 months ago

Not every high school student takes the ACT. Only students who plan on attending primarily midwestern universities. So last year maybe fewer kids thought they were going to college. That usually means the ones who would score lowest on the test because of their grades or socioeconomic status are also the ones who didn't take it.

john heleniak 5 years, 9 months ago

The kids would probably learn a little more if they were not out of school all the time. Half days on Wednesdays and some other days off every month. What happend to the days when school was five days a week, eight hours a day?

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