Test scores rise in Basehor-Linwood district
ACT scores at Basehor-Linwood High School increased by more than 3 percent for students taking the college preparatory test.
"We're really tickled about that," BLHS principal Bill Hatfield said. "I think that's something to be proud of as a school and as a district."
This year, the composite score for BLHS juniors and seniors taking the test was 21.7, a 3.1 percent increase from last year's 18.6.
The BLHS figure is slightly higher than the state average, 21.6.
Although on par with the state average, the BLHS scores rank higher than many area high schools.
According to the Kansas Department of Education, area schools scored:
20.2 at Bonner Springs High School
21.6 at Mill Valley High School
20.9 at De Soto High School
21.4 at Eudora High School
21.3 at Perry-Lecompton High School
21.5 at Tonganoxie High School
BLHS, Mill Valley, Eudora and Tonganoxie all showed increases from the previous year.
Hatfield attributed BLHS's higher scores to two factors: two weekend ACT prep courses at BLHS, and the implementation of block scheduling.
Statistically, test scores have increased when ACT prep courses have been offered.
"It's been shown to raise kids ACT scores up 2 percent," he said.
Students taking the ACT were surveyed about several aspects of their high school.
And those results indicated many BLHS students were happy with the education the school offers.
From the survey's 11 categories, the number of students satisfied outweighed the number dissatisfied in every category.
"The bottom line is that it seems much more students are satisfied than in the past," Hatfield said.
The two categories that received the highest marks were guidance services and laboratory facilities, which scored in the 70th percentile.
School district Superintendent Cal Cormack said he was pleased with the ACT scores and with the survey results.
"I have worked with some very fine school districts, but I have never seen ratings in the 70s," Cormack said. "To have that kind of rating is remarkable."