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District 196 students continue to outscore state and national ACT averages
District 196 students continue to outscore state and national ACT averages
District 196 students continue to outscore state and national ACT averages

District 196 students once again scored higher than the state and national averages on the ACT college admissions test in 2022, according to results released by ACT in October.

The average composite score for District 196 students decreased by 1.4 to 21.5 points out of a possible 36. The district average is 1.7 points higher than the national average of 19.8 and .5 points higher than the Minnesota average of 21.0, which is highest among the 20 states where more than 60% of all students took the test.

Minnesota law requires that all high school juniors have an opportunity to take a college entrance exam during the school day. In District 196, approximately 1,800 students or 85% of the district’s graduating class of 2022 took the ACT at least once. This school year, all high school juniors will take the ACT on April 4, 2023 and seniors who did not take the ACT during the school day in 2022 will also have the opportunity to test on April 4. 

 

ACT Average Composite Scores, 2016 to 2022

Year

District 196

Minnesota

National

2022

21.5

21.0

19.8

2021

22.9

21.6

20.3

2020

22.7

21.3

20.6

2019

23.0

21.4

20.7

2018

23.1

21.3

20.8

2017

23.1

21.5

21.0

  2016*

23.0

21.1

20.8

                                                               In 2016, Minnesota law began to require that all high school juniors have 

the opportunity to take the ACT during the school day.