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Posted: Tuesday, September 1, 2009 12:00 pm | Updated: 8:17 am, Thu Aug 16, 2012.

By Rebecca LaFlure

Killeen Daily Herald

While Killeen Independent School District students performed slightly better on the SAT compared with last year, their scores continue to fall behind state and national averages.

Overall, KISD students scored a cumulative 1,415 out of a possible 2,400 on the college entrance exam this year, according to data released by the College Board.

KISD students, on average, earned a 468 in critical reading, a 458 in writing and a 489 in math.

This is a five-point improvement in reading, an eight-point improvement in writing and a 13-point improvement in math compared with last year.

Still, the district's overall score falls behind the state average by 52 points.

"We need to strengthen our curriculum and put processes in place to measure students along the way," KISD Deputy Superintendent Bobby Ott said Monday in response to the district's SAT scores.

"We also need to make sure teachers have the resources to develop higher order thinking skills in their students."

Statewide, students earned a cumulative score of 1,467 this year– 486 in critical reading, 475 in writing and 506 in math. That was down slightly for reading and writing and up one point for math. Overall, Texas students performed worse on the SAT than those in other states.

Copperas Cove ISD students also lagged behind their Texas peers on the SAT this year, but they outperformed Killeen ISD students in critical reading and writing.

CCISD students scored an average of 1,437, with a 478 in critical reading, a 472 in writing and a 487 in math.

National SAT scores were stable. Reading and writing scores dipped by one point, to 501 and 493, while math scores remained at 515.

More than 1.5 million students took the SAT nationwide this year – more than ever before. It was also a more diverse crowd than in previous years. Of those taking the test, 40 percent were minority students. In Texas, more than half identified themselves as part of a minority group.

ACT scores

The ACT, the second most-used college entrance exam, gained popularity this year. ACT scores in Texas increased to 20.8 out of a possible 36, but still lagged the national average of 21.1.

As with the SAT, KISD's ACT scores fell below the state average this year. KISD students scored an average of 18.7 on the ACT – a small decrease from last year. KISD scores dipped slightly in English, reading, math and science.

"The ACT is pretty curriculum-intensive test. We need to ensure our curriculum has the rigor necessary to prepare for the ACT," Ott said.

KISD recently implemented a new, Internet-based curriculum management system called C-Scope, which Ott said is a step in the right direction.

CCISD received an overall score of 20.7 on the ACT this year.

Contact Rebecca LaFlure at rlaflure@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7548.

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