News Release from Stillwater Area Public Schools:
For the fourth year in a row Stillwater Area High School students have increased their average composite score on the ACT test, a national test that gauges how well prepared students are for college. This year’s average score of 24.5 has bested the school’s previous record and is significantly higher than the state average of 22.9 and the national average of 21.
“We’ve made significant structural changes to ensure our students are prepared for college, and our ACT results show it has made a difference,” said Ryan Laager, executive director of curriculum and secondary education. “We’re putting more kids in high level courses, giving them more opportunities to take high level tests, and as a result, they’re performing at higher levels.”
In the past six years, Stillwater’s average ACT score has increased by 1.3 points. During the same time period, the number of students who have elected to take the exam has also climbed. Across the state of Minnesota the number of students tested has also increased, though overall scores have remained flat. Even with a slight decline in the state average this year, Minnesota has posted the highest average composite score among states where the majority of students take the exam for the past nine years.
“Typically, when more students take a high level exam you’ll see a dip in scores,” Laager said. “That isn’t the case in Stillwater, which is a strong indication that our efforts are paying off.”
MCA test results are released Tuesday.
Nationally, more than 1.5 million students take the ACT test each year. The exam measures competence in the areas of English, mathematics, reading and science and is widely used as a requirement for college admission.