Minnesota ACT scores stay strong, but fewer than 1 in 3 are completely college ready

Oct 19, 2018 by

Minnesota students continue to get top marks on the ACT, but fewer than a third have all the skills they need to thrive in college.

Nearly every eligible high school student took the college-readiness test last school year, earning an average score of 21.3 out of a possible 36 points. That was the highest composite score among the 19 states where almost every student takes the exam.

It is a slight decline from 2017, when Minnesota’s composite score was 21.5.

“Thousands of 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,” Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius said in a statement. “It is our goal that students are well prepared for their next step in life, whether it is securing their first job or attending the college of their choice.”


Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire led the nation with composite scores over 25, but all three states have only about a quarter of their students taking the test. The ACT gauges whether a student is academically prepared for college-level coursework.

The national results were more grim, with average scores falling to a 14-year low. The national composite score was 20.8, down from 21 a year ago.

The most notable drop nationally was in math scores, which fell to 20.5, the lowest level in 20 years. English readiness also declined to its lowest level ever, with just 60 percent of test takers meeting college-readiness benchmarks.

Source: Minnesota ACT scores stay strong, but fewer than 1 in 3 are completely college ready – Twin Cities

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