About 5 percent of the state's graduates took the exam - a low number that contributes to Kansas' higher-than-average scores.
The reason few Kansas students take the test is because the ACT historically is more popular in the central states, with the SAT more popular on the East and West coasts. The Kansas students taking the SAT tend to be more prepared, with many of them considering admission to out-of-state schools.
For the first time, more high school students nationally are taking the ACT college entrance exam than its rival, the SAT.
The College Board also released its scores for the high school class of 2012, which scored one point lower on average nationally than the class of 2011 on the critical reading and writing sections of the 800-point exam, and the same on math.