ASSESSMENT AND PERFORMANCE
Blue Valley students in grades 3-8 and 10 will participate in the Kansas Assessment Program (known as KAP) in the areas of English Language Arts (ELA) and Math. Students in grade 5, 8, and 11 are tested in Science. Starting in 2021-22, students are also given one classroom-based Social Studies state assessment in grades 4, 7, and 11. For dates, please view the assessment calendar linked to the right.
NATIONAL PERFORMANCE (MAP, AP, ACT, SAT)
Blue Valley students participate in multiple assessment programs that provide benchmarks for national-level performance. Students in grades 2-8 take the NWEA MAP assessment in both reading and math. This assessment provides instructional data for teachers and measures individual student growth over time. Blue Valley students continue to show growth above what is predicted on a national average.
ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP)
High school students may choose to participate in the Advanced Placement examination program. These exams are offered after completion of an Advanced Placement course and are normed at a national level. Colleges and universities may accept credit for scores on these exams as evidence of completion of designated coursework.
Blue Valley’s ACT composite average for 2020 graduates was 24.3 with approximately 96% taking the test. The state average was 20.4. Additionally, 48% of Blue Valley graduates taking the exam met all four college readiness benchmarks in English, Math, Reading and Science, as compared to 23% of Kansas graduates.
2021 Blue Valley graduates recorded another year of strong SAT scores while exceeding state and national averages. Blue Valley students scored an average of 1332 on the test that measures math and evidence-based reading and writing. In Kansas, the average is 1243 and nationwide the average is 1060 out of a possible 1600. Blue Valley had 123 students take the SAT in 2021, which accounts for 17% of all testers in Kansas.
The National Student Clearinghouse provides information about Blue Valley graduates. The percentage of Blue Valley students enrolling, remaining and graduating from college continue to be well above the national average. This college-readiness data is complemented by the high percentage of students who participate in college-credit bearing courses during their experience at the various Blue Valley high schools. For more information on graduate performance, please view the “Kansas State Report Card” under Useful Links.