Area students top ACT list again

KIMT News 3 – Students in our area are once again standing out in education. For the ninth straight year, Minnesota students topped the list for ACT scores, while Iowa ranked third.

According to the ACT’s annual report, more students are taking the exam. 76 percent of Minnesota’s class of 2014 took the ACT, and 68 percent participated in Iowa, compared to 57 percent nationwide.

Minnesota seniors averaged 22.9 out of a possible 36 on the ACT and Iowa averaged an even 22.

“Minnesota, and the Midwest in general, holds education in high regard and has a high expectation for education, both within the school setting, and in the home environment and in the community,” said Austin Public Schools’ Director of Curriculum, John Alberts.

Minnesota leads the pack when it comes to the number of students considered “college ready.”

“Minnesota tends to have a fairly high expectation when it comes to education. Our academic standards tend to be fairly high. Our statewide testing in terms of what’s asked of students on our statewide tests is also relatively high,” Alberts said.

He said it will be interesting to see if the numbers for each state stay consistent as more students take the test. More than 90 percent of students are participating in Austin according to Alberts.

More students are expected to take the ACT in Minnesota after some recent legislative changes. New graduation requirements call for all high school juniors in the state to take the ACT, and it is free of charge starting this year.

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