Minnesota students scored highest in the nation on the ACT for the third year in a row, with an average score of 22.3 out of 36 points. (The national average is 21.2.)
Minnesota’s Advanced Placement test-takers are also doing better, with a 13 percent increase in the number of public school students earning a 3 out of 5 points. Many colleges and universities offer college credit for scores of 3 and higher. And, while we’re at it, Minnesota SAT-takers do better than the national average, with mean scores of 596 in critical reading, 603 in mathematics, and 574 in writing. The national mean scores are, respectively, 498, 509, and 488.