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News Release from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Results of the First Census Administration of the ACT® Released for Missouri Students

ACT® results for Missouri’s graduating class of 2016 are now available. For the first time, the results reflect the performance of an entire senior class, resulting in a new baseline for the state. Therefore, the latest results cannot be compared with previous years. In 2015, Missouri began offering a one-time administration of the ACT® to all 11th graders in the state at no cost to the student. Those students’ scores are included in the ACT® data released today. Missouri students’ participation in the years just prior to 2015 included 71 percent to 77 percent of the graduating class.

Nationally, 64 percent of all 2016 high school graduates took the ACT®, with a national composite score of 20.8. The composite score is the average of the most recent ACT® scores of all graduates.

The composite score for the Missouri class of 2016 is 20.2. Following are the composite scores in states that tested 100 percent of graduating students from highest composite score to lowest composite score:

Minnesota – 21.1
Illinois – 20.8
Colorado – 20.6
Wisconsin – 20.5
Michigan – 20.3
North Dakota – 20.3
Montana – 20.3
Missouri – 20.2
Utah – 20.2
Kentucky – 20.0
Wyoming – 20.0
Tennessee – 19.9
Louisiana – 19.5
Alabama – 19.1
North Carolina – 19.1
South Carolina – 18.5
Mississippi – 18.4
Nevada – 17.7

Missouri uses the ACT® as one of its measures of college and career readiness. One of the primary goals of Missouri’s Top 10 by 20 campaign is for every Missouri student to graduate high school ready for college and career.

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Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education | Communications | 573-751-3469 |

Superintendent's Message

5 months ago

A Warhawk Welcome from Dr. Kyle Gibbs, Superintendent of Schools

Greetings! My name is Kyle Gibbs, and I am honored to serve as Superintendent of the Crawford County R-1 School District.  During my time here I have been impressed by the dedication of our staff, determination of our students, and support of our community.  

I grew up on a farm in Crawford County near Davisville, and I am a 1996 graduate of Viburnum High School.  My undergraduate degree was in Elementary and Special Education from Evangel University. My graduate work includes a Masters Degree in Educational Administration and a Doctoral Degree in Educational Leadership.

This is my 21st year in public education.  During these two decades I served for 12 years as a high school special education teacher, middle school math/science teacher, and elementary teacher.  In addition, I served for eight years as an elementary and middle school principal.

My wife, Amy, and I have four children, Kyleigh, Karissa, Keaton, and Karson.  My children are actively involved in the Bourbon Schools through participation in sports, art, FFA, Beta, the strings program, choir, and more.  My wife teaches first grade at our neighboring district of St. Clair.

I am excited for this journey with Bourbon Schools and know great things are in store for our future.  Feel free to stop by or contact me with any questions or comments you may have. Working together we will accomplish success!