These nine Blue Valley students earned a perfect ACT score

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Nine Blue Valley high school students earned a perfect score of 36 this year on the ACT, a standardized test used for college admissions. Above, the students receiving recognition at Monday's Blue Valley Board of Education meeting. Photo credit Lucie Krisman.

Nine Blue Valley high school students notched perfect scores on the ACT — one of the most common standardized tests used for college admission.

The students’ feat was recognized earlier this week by the Blue Valley school board.

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Nine Blue Valley high school students earned a perfect ACT score this year — a feat that less than 0.5% of test takers typically achieve, according to recent ACT data. File photo.

Perfect ACT scores are rare

  • The highest a student can score on the ACT is 36 — which combines English, math, reading and science sections.
  • According to ACT scoring data from 2021, less than 0.3% of all ACT test takers nationwide earned a perfect score that year.
  • This amounted to 4,055 students total.

The students were recognized by the district this week

  • At Monday’s meeting, the Blue Valley Board of Education recognized each of the students who earned a perfect score.
  • Superintendent Terry Merrigan commended the students for their achievement.
  • “There are districts who would kill for (this many perfect scores) over a 10-year period,” she said. “The fact that we had that in one semester — shout out to them, I mean, that is a huge accomplishment.”

The students who earned a perfect ACT score this year are as follows:

  • Reese Burgener — Blue Valley Southwest
  • Caleb Deng — Blue Valley North
  • Noor Haideri — Blue Valley High
  • Edward Mu — Blue Valley North
  • Megan Wang — Blue Valley Northwest
  • Aiden Juhl — Blue Valley North
  • Nickan Safi — Blue Valley High
  • Quinten Schafer — Blue Valley North
  • Avery Vogel — Blue Valley West

ACT participation has fallen in recent years

  • The number of students taking the ACT has fallen 30% since 2018 — with a particularly pronounced drop in participation among Black students, NPR reported.
  • That trend reflects, in part, disruptions in academics caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as growing unease with the use of standardized tests, like the ACT and SAT, to help determine college admissions.
  • Thousands of colleges and universities in the U.S., including the University of Kansas and Kansas State University, no longer require students submit ACT or SAT scores when they apply.

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