Composite scores for the ACT exam were released last week. The ACT is the most-used college entrance exam in the country and the one favored by many midwestern schools.
Overall, Kansas saw its average composite ACT score slip from 21.9 to 21.8 out of a possible score of 36. Missouri remained at 21.6. Both statewide numbers held above the national average, which dropped from 21.1 in 2012 to 20.9 in 2013.
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Missouri-side scores are presented here for individual high schools. One factor that influences the scores is the number of students who take the test. Typically, scores go up as percentage of test-takers decreases because the most motivated students are the ones tested.
Nationally, more states and school districts have made the ACT their overall performance test. This past year, for example, the Liberty School District brought ACT testing into its high schools and had every 2013 graduate take the test.
The higher participation rate contributed to a two-point drop in scores.