Shawnee Mission seniors trail Blue Valley in 2013 SAT scores

Far more Shawnee Mission East students took the SATs than students from any other district school.
Far more Shawnee Mission East students took the SATs than students from any other district school.

Shawnee Mission students continue to outpace their peers across the country and in the state in the SAT college entrance exam — though the district’s average scores trailed Blue Valley, whose 2013 graduate just recorded the highest average in district history.

Though the popularity of the exam in the area has waned as colleges have shifted to favor the ACT, 266 Shawnee Mission students took the SAT this year. The current iteration of the test has three sections — critical reading, math and writing — each of which has a possible score of 800, for a total possible score of 2400.

Participants from this year’s graduating classes across the Shawnee Mission District averaged a total SAT score of 1777. The national average is 1498 and the state average is 1752.

SM East notched the second-highest score among the Shawnee Mission high schools with an average of 1798. It also had far more students take the test than any other Shawnee Mission School, with 146 participants. SM Northwest had the second most SAT takers with 44.

SM South had just 36 students take the SAT, but their average of 1872 was the highest in the district.

SM North had 21 students take the test, and their average score was 1711, the third highest average among the district high schools.

In Blue Valley, 321 students took the test and averaged 1861.