Shawnee & Lenexa

Johnson County 2013 grads outperform Kansas, national averages on ACT

Every high school in Johnson County except Spring Hill out-performed the Kansas and national averages on the ACT among 2013 graduates.

Although the state and national ACT averages dipped slightly, the scene in Johnson County was mixed.

De Soto and Blue Valley improved overall and Olathe’s composite score stayed the same. Both De Soto high schools improved their scores, each by almost a point.

Blue Valley tallied the highest score in the Kansas City area as four of its five high schools improved. With a district record 93.1 percent of graduates taking the college entrance exam, their scores tied the district’s all-time highest composite score at 25. The highest possible score on the ACT is 36.

“We are thrilled that our students continue to achieve at high levels,” superintendent Tom Trigg said in a statement. “Every day our teachers, principals and staff members work to personalize student learning and help each student find their path to success after high school.”

Scores at three of Olathe’s four high schools dipped but district officials pointed out that the composite score of 23.7 is well above the national and state averages. Three quarters of students took the exam.

“We are very pleased with student performance on the ACT exam,” Deputy Superintendent Alison Banikowski said. “This positive result is a testament to outstanding educators, wonderful support from family, and students who apply themselves to the task of learning. We are proud of these results.”

In Shawnee Mission, three of the districts’ five high schools saw dips. Spring Hill and Gardner-Edgerton high schools saw slight decreases.