Minnesota students earn best ACT test scores in the nation, as all student groups achieve higher scores

Minnesota students once again led the nation on ACT college entrance exam scores, with an average score of 21.5, compared to the national average of 21. As Minnesota students earned the top national ranking among states where all students take the test, all measured student groups increased their ACT scores this year, with African American students, Hispanic students, and Pacific Islander students all increasing average scores by 0.5 points. Among states who give the test to more than half of their students, Minnesota ranked fifth in the nation.
“Congratulations to Minnesota students, teachers, school boards, and administrators on this tremendous achievement,” said Governor Mark Dayton. “Ranking No. 1 in the nation confirms the overall quality of our state’s public education system.”

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