Minnesota's ACT scores remain steady, among best in the U.S.

Sunday, December 09, 2018

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Minnesota's average declined slightly but not enough to alter its best-of-the-nation standing. 

Minnesota students’ scores on the ACT college entrance exam dipped slightly this year but were still higher than those of any other state where nearly all students take the test.

Graduating seniors in the class of 2018 earned an average composite score of 21.3 out of a possible 36, according to test results released Wednesday. That’s down from last year’s state average of 21.5, but still above the national average of 20.8 for the test that measures students’ college readiness in math, reading, science and English.

It was also enough to earn Minnesota a repeat distinction: the highest score out of the 19 states where at least 90 percent of graduates took the ACT. Nearly all Minnesota graduates — 99 percent — took the test this year.

Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius said the state’s scores reveal that Minnesota students are “showing us that they are graduating high school with the skills they need to be successful in their careers or college experiences.”

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