District ACT Score Increases to 23.6

Aug. 17, 2011 ~ Olathe School District students have scored an all-time high ACT composite score of 23.6 with 74.6 percent of students taking the exam, according to Mary Matthew, district director of school improvement, assessment and extended learning. The scores were well above the state and national averages.

"The ACT is a measure of readiness for learning at the next level," Olathe School District Deputy Superintendent Alison Banikowski said. "We are extremely proud of the results of this past year's ACT exams. They are a testament to a focus on achieving our vision statement 'Students prepared for their future.'"

The four tests of the ACT Assessment measure academic areas traditionally identified with college preparatory high school programs: math, English, reading and science reasoning. ACT test scores are reported on a scale from 1 to 36.

The ACT is universally accepted for college admission and includes an interest inventory that provides information for career and educational planning. Many students take the ACT as a junior and again as a senior.

Despite cuts in state funding, the district continues to place a priority on ACT preparatory sessions. The classes are offered online for sophomores; juniors and seniors may attend sessions at the high school or a district site. Experience shows that students who take the preparatory classes are able to improve their score, Matthew said.

Since this is the second year freshman have been at the district's high schools, district administrators believe the ACT scores will continue to improve.

"We anticipate we will see even more improvements in scores as the benefit of a four-year high school experience further impacts student learning," Banikowski said.

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