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Wisconsin students' ACT scores hold steady

UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News)   This year’s Wisconsin high school graduates tied with Iowa for the nation’s second-highest score on the A-C-T college entrance exam. Neighboring Minnesota had the top score among states where more than half of all students took the A-C-T.

The Top-three states had identical rankings a year ago. Minnesota students averaged 23-of-a-possible-36. Wisconsin averaged 22.1 – same as a year ago, which was the lowest since 1996. One reason for the lower average is that more youngsters are taking the A-C-T exam, even if they don’t plan to go to college.

71-percent of Wisconsin students took the test a year ago. Milwaukee and a number of other school districts started making students take the A-C-T over the past several years. It will be a statewide requirement starting in the fall of 2014. Almost three-fourths of this year’s Wisconsin high school grads took a core curriculum recommended by the A-C-T. It includes four years of English and three years each of math, social studies, and science. The A-C-T is the predominant college entrance exam in the nation’s mid-section.

The S-A-T exam is more prominent on both coasts.