Minnesota Students Rank First In National ACT Scores.

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013 at 9:02 am

Students in the state have something to be proud of yet again, as Minnesota ranked first in ACT scores throughout the nation for the 8th consecutive year.

The statistic means Minnesota high school seniors scored higher than those in other states in which at least half of students took the exam.

An improvement was also seen this year, as thirty-nine percent of seniors were generally proficient, compared to 36 percent in 2012.

Minnesota’s average composite score was 23 out of 36 possible.

The Star Tribune does report however that there is an existing achievement gap between white and minority students. Sixty-one percent of white students were college ready in three subjects compared to 16 percent with black students. The paper goes on to say however, the majority of the state’s minority groups outperformed their national counterparts.

Wisconsin on the other hand was tied 2nd in ACT scores with Iowa. The average composite score was 22.1. The national average score is 20.9

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