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District 196 ACT Scores Beat State Average, Exceed 2011

Minnesota students' average ACT score is the highest score among all 50 states.

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Editor's note: The following information is from a District 196 press release.

District 196 high school students averaged scores above state and national average composite scores on the ACT college-entrance exam in 2012, according to test data released Wednesday.

The ACT average composite score for District 196 students in 2012 is 24.1, an increase of 0.1 over 2011. It is the sixth year in a row that the district average has stayed the same or increased.

ACT Average Composite Scores, 2006-2012

Year

District 196

State

National

2012

24.1

22.8

21.1

2011

24.0

22.9

21.1

2010

24.0

22.9

21.0

2009

23.9

22.7

21.1

2008

23.8

22.6

21.1

2007

23.8

22.5

21.2

2006

23.3

22.3

21.1

Average composite scores for individual District 196 high schools in 2012 are as follows:

  • – 23.3
  • Eagan High School – 24.9
  • – 24.3
  • – 23.8
  • – 23.6

The District 196 average is 1.3 points higher than the state average of 22.8, which went down 0.1 compared to last year.

Even with the slight drop, the Minnesota average is once again highest in the nation among states where more than half of all graduates took the test. Among those 27 states, Iowa and Wisconsin tied for second at 22.1. The national ACT average composite score is 21.1, which is the same as last year. ACT scores range from 1 to 36.

In District 196, the ACT average composite score is based on the results of 1,764 students who took the test last year. That represents approximately 76 percent of the graduating class of 2012, compared to approximately 74 percent of graduates in Minnesota who took the test. The ACT is the primary college entrance exam taken by students in the Midwest; students on the East and West coasts are more likely to take the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT).

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