Archive for Wednesday, September 13, 2000

Tonganoxie’s ACT scores match with state average

September 13, 2000

For the first time in five years, Tonganoxie High School's ACT scores equaled the state average.

In the composite ranking, which is an average of the math, science, English and reading scores, the combined averaged scores of THS students matched the state average of 21.6.

This is an improvement from last year, when Tonganoxie's composite score was 21.2 and the state's was 21.5.

"It is an upward trend and we want to try to continue that trend," Mike Bogart, principal, told school board members Monday night.

A total of 73 Tonganoxie High School students took the test last year, Bogart said. Those taking the test were required to participate in an ACT preparation course taught by Bill DeWitt, something that Bogart said likely is reflected in the higher scores.

Using the 1995-1996 school year as a baseline, the district has seen overall improvements in every category. For instance, THS math scores in 1995-1996 averaged 19.2, compared to 1999-2000 scores of 21.5.

In science, the THS baseline year's average of 21.5 increased to 21.8 in 1999-2000.

In English, THS students in 1995-1996 scored an average of 19 on the ACT test, compared to an average of 20.7 for the 1999-2000 school year.

Reading scores, too, saw a rise, from 21.5 during the baseline year to 21.9 for the 1999-2000 school year.

And the composite, which averaged at 20.5 in 1995-1996, to 21.6.

As far as the individual topics vs. the state average for the 1999-2000 school year, in math and science, THS students ranked slightly above the state average. And in English and reading, they ranked slightly below the state average.

Bogart said about 75 percent of THS seniors take the ACT test each year.

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