SM East leads Shawnee Mission district in ACT scores again; SM North shows improvement from last year

SM_East_ExteriorACT score information released this week shows that SM East students continue to perform among the best in the state on the standardized test while SM North students showed improvement from 2013 to 2014.

The average composite score for SM East students who took the test this year was 25.1, putting them atop the Shawnee Mission School district and well above the national and state averages of 21.0 and 22.0, respectively. SM East’s average composite score this year dropped slightly from the 25.5 students recorded in 2012 and 25.2 recorded in 2013.

At SM North, students who took the test in 2014 improved the school’s average composite score to 23.1 from 22.3 the previous year. The 23.1 average composite score was SM North’s highest in five years and put SM North fourth among the district’s five traditional high schools.

SM East also led the district in the number of students who took the test, with fully 82 percent of graduates tested. At SM North, just 49 percent of graduates took the ACT, by far the lowest participation rate in the district.

SM Northwest and SM South tied for second in the district with an average composite of 24.1. SM West was fifth among district high schools with an average composite of 22.9.

The Shawnee Mission District’s average composite score of 24.0 was below that of Blue Valley, where students had an average composite score of 25.3. Blue Valley North had the highest average composite score in that district with 26.1.

A chart summarizing the composite and subject scores for each Shawnee Mission school is embedded below: