Aug 18, 2011 10:22 PM by Montana's News Station

MT students score well on ACT exams

Montana students are still making the grade when it comes to taking the ACT test. Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau reports that students in Treasure State continue to beat the national average when it comes to ACT scores.

Montana's 2011 graduating class earned an average composite score of 22.1 compared to the national composite score of 21.1. The percent of ACT-tested Montana graduates who are ready for college coursework in mathematics, reading, and science is higher compared to five years ago.

"Public education in Montana is doing very well as demonstrated by our outcomes, including the ACT. These scores are a result of the hard work of our educators and our students," Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau said.

The new numbers show that among Montana's ACT-tested 2011 high school graduates, 29% met or surpassed all four of ACT's College Readiness Benchmarks, up from 28% last year and from 26% in the three previous years.

"These results suggest more Montana students are graduating from high school with the academic skills they will need to succeed in college and workforce training programs. We need to continue this trend and keep challenging our students to achieve at high levels and prepare them for college and careers," Juneau stated in a press release.

The full report on the condition of college and career readiness in Montana for the class of 2011 can be found by clicking here.


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