Minnesota tops ACT list

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AUSTIN, Minn. — When it comes to college readiness, Minnesota students are step above the rest.

The state ranked the best in the nation on the ACT test for the eighth consecutive year.

Minnesota high school seniors scored higher than those in other states in which at least half the students took the test.

39 percent of seniors are proficient across the board, compared to 36 percent a year ago.

“It speaks volumes to the quality of instruction that’s happening,” Austin High School Principal Brad Bergstrom said. “It doesn’t matter if it is in Austin or the Twin Cities or if it’s up north. That our kids are continuing to show a lot of progress in terms of being college ready based up the benchmarks established with ACT.”

In Austin, he says 211 out of 227 students took the test last year.

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

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