LHS scores on ACT test best since ‘97
Lansing High School students in 2004-05 posted the highest cumulative average on the ACT assessment in eight years.
Sophomores, juniors and seniors at LHS had a composite score of 22.6 on the ACT, which is given on five national test dates throughout the year.
The LHS score is up .1 from the 22.5 composite the school posted in 2003-04. It's also about a point better than the state average of 21.7 and more than a point and a half better than the national average of 20.9. The highest composite score given on the test is 36.
The last time LHS' score was higher was in 1997, at 22.7.
This marks the 10th consecutive year Lansing scores were higher than the state average and 11th consecutive year the LHS composite topped the national average.
"We're really pleased with our scores," said Donna Hughes, assistant superintendent for Lansing Public Schools.
She credited the district's college preparatory curriculum, exceptional teachers and hard-working students in attaining the score.
LHS students in 2004-05 also scored higher than the state and national averages in each of the four subject areas of the assessment:
¢ In English, LHS students had an average score of 22.4; the state average was 21.2 and the national average was 20.4.
¢ In math, LHS students scored an average of 22.2; the state average was 21.4 and the national average was 20.7.
¢ In reading, LHS students averaged 23.0; the state average was 22.1 and the national average was 21.3.
¢ In science, LHS students had an average score of 22.6; the state average was 21.6 and the national average was 20.9.
Linda Tubbs, a guidance counselor at LHS, said 105 students took the test last year, down two from the previous year but about in line with historical averages.
Tubbs said while none of the LHS students had a perfect score on the test in 2004-05, several individuals scored above 30 with one student receiving a 34 composite. Just 36 students in the entire state had a higher composite score than 34.
Colleges across the nation will use a student's ACT score as part of their admissions criteria.
All totaled, 23,106 Kansas high school students and nearly 1.2 million students nationwide took the test in 2004-05.