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District 833’s ACT Scores show growth toward Career and College Readiness

South Washington County Schools’ graduating class of 2017 outperformed the state on the ACT, a college entrance test. The average composite ACT score for last year’s District 833 graduates was 22.7, compared to the state average of 21.5. District 833 and Minnesota also scored higher than the national average of 21.0.

The ACT establishes a benchmark score in career and college readiness on each subject area. Overall, District 833 students scored 8-10% higher than Minnesota averages for each subject. Additionally, the district saw an increase in each subject area in career and college readiness, ranging from 2-5%.

The percent of ACT-tested students ready to pass a college level course in District 833 can be found in the chart below, along with the average percentage from Minnesota and US.

Area

District 833

MN

U.S.

Algebra

58%

48%

41%

Biology

52%

42%

37%

English

72%

63%

61%

Social Studies

58%

50%

47%

Overall, scores by the class of 2017 were up from the class of 2016’s seniors’ average score of 22.3. However, the class of 2017 underperformed compared to prior years when students were not required to take the exam.

The results announced on Sept. 7 reflect a more complete picture of the graduating class of 2017 compared to years past. A total of 1,340 students participated from the class of 2017, compared a total of 1,043 students participating from the class of 2015, prior to being required to take the exam.

“We are proud of the achievement of our students in their performance above state averages, but we understand there is still work to be done. District 833 is committed to ensuring all of our students have opportunities for success,” said Brain Boothe, Director of Professional Development & Accountability.

This was the second year the ACT was available at no cost to high school juniors because of recent changes in state legislation. While it is unknown if state funding will continue to fund ACT testing, the district expects it will continue to provide the test at no cost to high school juniors. By providing this exam to all students, we create opportunities for students who otherwise would not be able to afford to participate in this important college entrance test.