Minnesota ACT facts and figures

Courtesy of Matt Swenson, Press Secretary for Gov. Mark Dayton

Today, the Minnesota Department of Education announced that for the ninth year in a row, Minnesota students topped the nation in ACT scores. Here are some facts and figures you need to know:

  • 9 years – For nine years in a row, Minnesota students have posted the top ACT test scores in the nation.
  • 22.9 – Minnesota seniors posted an average score of 22.9, compared to the nationwide average of 21.
  • 39% – More Minnesota students met each of the four benchmarks (39%) – English, reading, math and science – than any other state (26% nationally).
  • 76% – This year, 76% of Minnesota’s high school seniors (45,305 students) took the ACT test – a 2% increase over last year. Nationwide, only 57% took the test.
  • 2015 – In 2015, all Minnesota juniors will take the ACT, free of charge, as part of new graduation requirements approved by the 2013 Legislature. This will help open postsecondary education opportunities for more students, and provide important information to educators on whether students are career and college ready.

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