Shawnee Mission students average 23.9 on ACT; above state and national averages in all areas

Shawnee Mission high school students performed above state and national averages on the ACT.
Shawnee Mission high school students performed above state and national averages on the ACT this year.

Shawnee Mission students earned a composite ACT score of 23.9 in 2016, compared to the Kansas composite of 21.9 and national composite of 20.8.

The Shawnee Mission district score also was higher than the state and national performance in all subject areas of the ACT, including reading, English, math and science.

Shawnee Mission high school graduates took the ACT this year. The national standardized test is the most-used college entrance exam in the country.

“As we begin a new year, working toward preparing all students for college and career, we celebrate the achievement of our students on the ACT exam,” Superintendent Dr. Jim Hinson said in a statement announcing this year’s results. “We celebrate this success with our students and staff who dedicate themselves to rigorous and relevant learning to prepare for achievement in higher education and beyond.”

This year’s composite score was a slight increase over last year’s ACT composite, 23.8.

For comparison, the average composite score for students in the Blue Valley School District this year was 25.9.