Friday, August 17, 2007

Minnesota, hats off to thee!

Well, I guess our state has bragging rights.

For the third consecutive year, Minnesota's high school seniors have posted the highest ACT scores in the country when compared with other states in which at least half of the graduating seniors take the college entrance exam. In results released today, the average score for Minnesota's Class of 2007 was 22.5, a rise of 0.2 from a year ago despite having nearly 2,000 more students take the test...

Wisconsin and Iowa tied for second with an average of 22.3.

The Minnesota score is the highest average score for any state's seniors since the test format changed in the early 1990s. In addition, Minnesota's 2007 graduates had or shared the highest score in all four categories covered by the exam: English, math, reading and science.

There was good news nationally with the scores going up one-tenth of one percent. That might not sound like much, but it seems to me that it's more significant because this accompanied an eight percent increase in the number of kids who took the test. You would think this would drag scores down. This is also the fourth straight year that the scores have improved. I think that's good news, so don't expect to hear much about it from the national media.


Blogger trishia said...

That's wonderful! We are in Iowa, so we have a few rights, too. :)

"I think that's good news, so don't expect to hear much about it from the national media."

I agree. A year or so ago our local news did a bit about Iowa being in the number one place for so long. Their reason this was so? Very few students took the test, mostly only honors students. I looked up their source and it was so wrong! The honors students were more likely to take it earlier in school (to get placement in honors courses in most private high schools here you need scores), but students in general took the exam with pretty staggering numbers! So much for the media presenting info in a open light...

but I digress, congrats on the scores, that is something to be proud of!

8/17/2007 3:23 PM  
Blogger Dennis Fermoyle said...

Trishia, my son teaches in Iowa, and to tell the truth, it sounds to me like you're doing some things a lot better than we are in Minnesota. He's already started school but our state legislature has forbidden us from starting before Labor Day. I mean, heck, we can't let education get in the way of tourism!

8/17/2007 5:55 PM  

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