Some of Missouri’s educators say numbers within numbers paint a better picture of Missouri’s school systems than originally thought.

Three-fourths of Missouri’s high school students take the ACT, a test that measures college readiness.  When the scores were announced earlier this year, Missouri’s statewide average of 21.6 out of a possible 36 ranked our students 26th. But the people behind the ACT say an apples-to-apples comparison with states testing 75 percent or more of their students ranks Missouri’s score fourth behind Nebraska, Kansas, and South Dakota. 

But Executive Director Roger Kurz with the Missouri Associaiton of School Administrators says Missouri students can do better.

AUDIO: Kurtz :27

Among the 18 states with at least 75 percent of  students taking the ACT, Missouri scores are second in English.  They’re fourth in math, reading, and science.