Archive for Thursday, August 17, 2006

DHS students improve ACT scores again

August 17, 2006

De Soto High School students are getting smarter every year, according to a report released by American College Testing.

Scores reached a composite of 22.3 for the school, an increase of almost an entire point from the previous year's score of 21.4. The average score for the district for the 2005-2006 academic year was 22.7, an increase from the previous year's 22.3 and almost a point better than the Kansas average for ACT scores.

DHS Principal Dave Morford said he was happy to share the news Wednesday with staff and incoming freshmen.

"We're very excited about that," he said. "We now meet or exceed the state average scores in every area and certainly exceed the national average. We're not going to give up pushing, but we're very excited we jumped in our composite by nearly a full point."

This is the third-straight year for increases in overall composite scores for DHS. The composite scores rose by .2, .4 and .9 of a point over the past three years, respectively.

DHS students scored an average in the following subcategories:

  • English, 21.8
  • Math, 21.5
  • Reading, 23.0
  • Science, 22.4

The scores for Mill Valley had a composite of 23.1 with English scores at 23.2, math at 22.0, reading at 24.1 and science at 22.7.

"It is apparent that our focus on student learning is having a positive impact," Superintendent Sharon Zoellner said. "We have generated this momentum thanks to our students and dedicated teachers. This exciting news is an excellent way to begin the new school year."

The ACT is required for entry into Kansas Regent's Colleges and most colleges in the nation. The highest score possible is a 36.

The increase in ACT scores comes in spite of massive influx of students at the school.

Although numbers of students are not yet official, Morford said this year's freshman class was the largest since the high school split. There were 148 freshmen who walked through the door Wednesday and DHS is expecting upward of 500 students altogether this year.

The district is putting a bond issue before voters, which would provide money for the expansion of DHS and several other projects. The referendum will be on the November ballot.

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