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Tue, July 16

KHS student scores on ACT dip slightly

KINGMAN - American College Test exam results for Kingman High School students from the spring administration of the test closely matched state averages on subtests in English, math, reading and science, as was reported in a story Wednesday.

However, scores for 99 students taking the exam in 2006 were slightly lower than those of 94 students taking the exam in 2005. Here is the comparison with 2006 listed first: 20.3 vs. 21.5 in English; 21.8 vs. 22.0 in math; 21.9 vs. 22.7 in reading; and 21.7 vs. 21.8 in science.

Kingman Unified School District Assistant Superintendent Betsy Parker was asked if scores are stagnant.

"One thing you haven't taken into consideration is we had some students engaged in dual credit courses at Mohave Community College and they did not need to take the test," she said. "A lot of student will enter college without taking the ACT.

"Last year, we had some students getting dual credits and most chose not to test, so you can't always increase the number of students tested. However, we have graduated the same number of kids and are running the same number of seniors through as in the past."

Scores given are "benchmarks" that establish readiness of students for college level courses.

It is the minimum score needed to indicate a 50-percent chance of obtaining a B or higher or a 75-percent chance of making a C or higher in the corresponding credit-bearing college courses.

ACT benchmark numbers are 18 for English, 22 in math, 21 for reading and 24 in science.

Parker noted that scores for KHS students climbed in all four subjects between 2003 and 2004 and from 2004 to 2005.

"From my study of statistics I have found no way to work on individuals to increase average scores," she said. "Many need only math and English scores and not as many kids test in science.

"We're doing as well as kids in the state and I prefer to look at the data to see the number of kids ready for college. None of the declines you found this past year is significant."

"Anytime we are at 20 or more we're happy. We're not trying to train students to get better scores on the ACT and will continue to address the standards and do the best we can to get them ready for college."

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