Relating KAP Scores to ACT Scores

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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

English Language Arts Assessment – ACT Reading

ACT Reading benchmark graphic

English Language Arts Assessment – ACT English

ACT English benchmark graphic

Projected ACT Scores for Grade 8 KAP Performance Levels in ELA
English Language Arts
KAP Score 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

 

Math Assessment – ACT Math

 

ACT Math benchmark chart

Projected ACT Scores for Grade 8 KAP Performance Levels in Mathematics
Mathematics
KAP Score ACT Reading
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

English Language Arts Assessment – ACT Reading

Grade 10 ACT Reading benchmark chart

English Language Arts Assessment – ACT English

Grade 10 ACT English benchmark chart

Projected ACT Scores for Grade 10 KAP Performance Levels in ELA
English Language Arts
KAP Score 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

Math Assessment – ACT Math

Grade 10ACT Math benchmark chart

Projected ACT Scores for Grade 10 KAP Performance Levels in Mathematics
Mathematics
KAP Score ACT Reading
Level 1: 220-274 1-19
Level 2: 275-299 19-22
Level 3: 300-332 23-27
Level 4: 333-380 28-35

 

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