"I am extremely proud of Kansas schools and students. The composite score of 22.0 ranks them as best in the nation when compared to states where at least three quarters of the graduating seniors participate in the ACT. Only one state, South Dakota, tied the Kansas results," said Alexa Posny, Kansas Commissioner of Education.
It's the highest recorded in the past five years. Last year Kansas students scored 21.9. Posny says the increase may seem small at just .01 of 1 percent but with more Kansas students taking the exam than took it last year the increase is significant.
The national average ACT composite score for 2008 graduates was 21.1, down from 21.2 last year. This was equal to the 2006 average composite score and higher than the 2004 and 2005 averages of 20.9 according to the Kansas State Department of Education.
You can click on the video at the top of this story to hear from Ben Shroeder who was the only student in Shawnee County to receive a perfect score on his ACT. Click the link below for a table of average ACT scores by state for the 2008 ACT-tested graduates. Kansas should be compared with states testing at least 74% of their students.