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KHS students above state average on ACT

Betsy Parker left, assistant superintendent of the Kingman Unified School District, looks over data from the spring administration of the American College Testing exam with Kingman High School Principal Pat Mickelson. The exam was taken by 99 students.

Betsy Parker left, assistant superintendent of the Kingman Unified School District, looks over data from the spring administration of the American College Testing exam with Kingman High School Principal Pat Mickelson. The exam was taken by 99 students.

KINGMAN - The American College Testing College Readiness Report for Kingman High School from the spring administration of the exam qualifies as an eye-opener.

A total of 99 seniors and juniors took the exam, which is the most widely used test for college admission. It is divided into four subtests consisting of college English composition, college algebra, college social science and college biology.

"It measures the percentage of tested students being ready to move into course work at a four-year college," said Betsy Parker, assistant administrator of the Kingman Unified School District.

"We're right in line with the state averages and higher in college-ready preparedness, so we know we're preparing our students for college well."

KHS students surpassed state averages in preparedness as follows: 73 percent vs. 72 percent in English; 53 percent vs. 51 percent in algebra; and 60 percent vs. 57 percent in social science.

In college level biology, KHS students matched the state average of 29 percent.

The report left KHS Principal Pat Mickelson with a smile.

"We're always pleased on any national test when our scores are better than state averages," Mickelson said.

ACT has established benchmark scores that indicate a 50 percent chance of the student obtaining a B or higher or 75 percent chance or greater of the student making a C or higher in the corresponding credit-bearing college course. Benchmark scores are as follows: 18 for English composition; 22 in algebra; 21 in social science; and 24 in biology.

Scores for KHS students vs. state averages for 2005-2006 were as follows: 20.3 vs. 20.9 in English; 21.8 vs. 21.9 in algebra; 21.9 vs. 22 in social science; and 21.7 vs. 21.3 in biology.

Many of the students tested took advanced-placement (college level) classes prior to the exam.

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