SM East again leads district in ACT scores; Shawnee Mission remains above state and national averages

SM_East_ExteriorSM East students posted a composite ACT score of 25.5 in 2015, up from last year’s school score of 25.1. That led all of the district’s high schools in 2015.

Shawnee Mission students continued to register scores above the state and national levels in the ACT in 2015.

The district has announced the composite for the district in 2015 at 23.8 compared to the Kansas composite of 21.9 and the national composite of 21. The Shawnee Mission district also was higher than state and national performance in all the subject areas of the ACT, including reading, English, math and science reasoning.

Among the five Shawnee Mission high schools, SM East was followed by SM South and SM Northwest at 24.1, SM North at 22.6 and SM West at 22.1. A total of 82 percent of the 2015 graduates took the test at SM East and 56 percent took the test at SM North.

The district had a composite of 24.0 in 2014, up from 23.6 in 2013. Approximately 71 percent of the Shawnee Mission graduates completed the ACT exam, which is a national standardized test used by colleges and universities to indicate readiness for higher education. The percent of Shawnee Mission students who meet all four college readiness benchmarks exceeds the percent of students who who meet all four benchmarks across the state.

“We are pleased to know that Shawnee Mission students continue to demonstrate that they are ready for college through their efforts on the ACT exam,” Superintendent Jim Hinson said.

Reports had the Blue Valley composite at 25.4 and Olathe at 24.