DHS, MVHS students top peers on 2009 ACT test
Students in the De Soto USD 232 bested their peers on both the state and national level with average composite ACT scores.
De Soto students scored an average of 22.8. The state of Kansas composite score was 21.9. and the national average was 21.1.
Composite scores for states and school districts across the nation were released last week for tests taken in 2009.
Students in De Soto’s two high schools scored one-tenth of a point lower than last year’s average of 22.9. However, the district recorded an 11 percent increase in the number of students taking the exam.
In 2009, 251 students in USD 232 took the ACT exam, 47 more students than in 2008.
Alvie Cater, USD 232 director of communications, said the De Soto district increased the emphasis on helping students to think about their futures after high school.
“We as a district are trying to always do a better job of helping our students to prepare for the future. Part of that is ACT prep courses,” Cater said.
More students in the district are now thinking about postsecondary education and the district’s attempts to help those students prepare, Cater said.
In the Shawnee Mission District students can take a preparation course for either the ACT or SAT, another standardized college entrance exam, Neal said.
De Soto High School students had a composite of 21.5 while Mill Valley High School students scored an average of 23.4.