Relating Kansas Assessment Program Scores to ACT Scores

Tests in the Kansas Assessment Program (KAP) measure student knowledge and mastery of the Kansas Standards in English language arts (ELA), mathematics, and science. These computer-based assessments are taken at the end of the school year. They provide feedback to students, parents, and schools and are used for state and federal accountability. Students receive scores from 220 to 380, and this range is divided into four performance levels, from 1 (lowest) to 4 (highest).

The ACT test is a national college admissions exam that includes subject-area tests in English, reading, math, and science. According to ACT, the test measures students’ high school achievement and determines their academic readiness for college. Students receive scores from 1 to 36 in each subject and an overall Composite score. ACT sets College Readiness Benchmark scores for each subject area that indicate potential success in postsecondary education.

The following charts demonstrate how students may perform on the ACT reading, English, and mathematics assessments based on their KAP scores at grades 8 and 10. A student’s actual ACT score will depend on a number of factors, including the courses the student takes, previous exposure to the test’s format, and even adequate sleep and nutrition before the test.

Grade 8 KAP English Language Arts Assessment – ACT Reading and ACT English

This chart details how specific KAP summative scores in English Language Arts project to specific ACT Reading scores. The ACT benchmark in Reading is 22. Further details from this chart are repeated in the table below.

This chart details how specific KAP summative scores in English Language Arts project to specific ACT English scores. The ACT benchmark in English is 18. Further details from this chart are repeated in the table below.

Grade 8 KAP Math Assessment – ACT Math

This chart details how specific KAP summative scores in mathematics project to specific ACT math scores. The ACT benchmark in math is 22. Further details from this chart are repeated in the table below.


Projected ACT Scores for Grade 8 KAP Performance Levels

English Language Arts
KAP ACT Reading ACT English
Level 1: 220–264 1–16 1–14
Level 2: 265–299 16–23 14–21
Level 3: 300–333 23–30 22–29
Level 4: 334–380 30–36 29–36
Mathematics
KAP ACT
Level 1: 220–273 1–18
Level 2: 274–299 18–22
Level 3: 300–335 23–29
Level 4: 336–380 29–36

Grade 10 KAP English Language Arts Assessment – ACT Reading and ACT English

Grade 10 KAP Math Assessment – ACT Math

Projected ACT Scores for Grade 10 KAP Performance Levels

English Language Arts
KAP ACT Reading ACT English
Level 1: 220–268 1–17 1–16
Level 2: 269–299 18–23 16–22
Level 3: 300–333 23–29 22–28
Level 4: 334–380 29–36 28–36
Mathematics
KAP ACT
Level 1: 220–274 1–19
Level 2: 275–299 19–22
Level 3: 300–332 23–27
Level 4: 333–380 28–35