Minnesota ACT scores show improvement in college readiness


To help students improve their test scores, the Department of Career Education's Career Coach Program offers an ACT Academy for students who score below a 19 on the English, Reading and/or Math section of the ACT and who want to improve their scores. The most significant increases were in science, which grew by a full three percentage points outperforming the growth in the state, while those meeting math and STEM benchmarks increased a full point while the state remained percentage remained unchanged since a year ago.

The ACT's annual score report, The Condition of College & Career Readiness 2017, slices up score data on the 2 million graduates who took the popular college entrance exam. The scores for their graduating class won't be made public until a year from now.

Last year, the average applicant ACT composite score at Georgia Tech was 31, while the admitted ACT average was 32.

Among students who met only one of the underserved criteria, just 26 percent showed strong readiness.

Twenty-eight percent of tested 2017 Nebraska graduates met all four benchmarks, compared with 27 percent for the nation. The average score for African-American students increased from 18 in 2016 to 18.1 in 2017, and the average score for Hispanic students increased from 20.2 in 2016 to 20.5 in 2017.

For the second year in a row, Minnesota's graduating class led the 17 states where all high school seniors took the test.

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"The ACT can indicate to us what we need to work on", she said.

Virginia public school 2017 graduates achieved gains on all four portions of the ACT (English, mathematics, reading and science) compared with the average scores in 2016. The ACT released its 2017 results Thursday.

Brashier Middle College Charter had the highest score in Greenville County at 22.3. They reflect specific skills "that can be taught in a relatively short time", not years of study, Chyten said. The measures for this indicator focus on each student meeting important readiness criteria and include quality points for a student's ACT composite score of a 19 or higher and bonus points for students meeting established readiness benchmarks. Vermont's Pacific Islander students performed worse than other students in the state but above average for their racial group. The benchmarks are scores that represent the level of achievement required for students to have a 50 percent chance of earning a B or higher or about a 75 percent chance of earning a C or higher in corresponding courses.

Nationally, 27 percent met the benchmarks in the four core subject areas tested - English, math, reading and science - but that number fell to 15 percent in SC. The more criteria students meet, the less likely they are to score at ACT's college-readiness benchmarks. Low-income students qualify for fee waivers, but in the class of 2017, 28 percent of those who got the waivers didn't end up taking the test.

Students must also have an ACT of 26, along with a 3.7 high school GPA, to qualify for the top level of HOPE, the Zell Miller Scholarship. "That means more writing in our curriculum and more evaluating of the students' writing".