Minnesota high school students tops on ACT scores

Minnesota high school graduates continue to beat the national average in the ACT college entrance exam, even though 2012 graduates scored slightly lower than 2011 graduates, MPR reports. Minnesota ranked at the top among states where a majority of students take the test.

Minnesota's 2012 high school graduates scored an average of 22.8 points out of a possible 36 on the ACT college prep test, a tenth of a point lower than last year, MPR reports.

But ACT spokesman Ed Colby says it's still more than a point and a half higher than the nation's average.

Some states with a small percentage of students taking the test posted higher averages than Minnesota, but Minnesota had the highest score among states where a majority of students take the test, which is a more meaningful comparison, ACT says.

Wisconsin's average score (22.1) also dipped slightly but also remained above the national average of 21.1, the Associated Press reports.

At least 60 percent of U.S. high school graduates are at risk for not succeeding in college or the work world, according to the “The Condition of College & Career Readiness 2012” report released by the national student testing service ACT, the Fargo Forum notes.

North Dakota students ranked below the national average, the newspaper says.

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