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District 196 students scored higher than the state and national averages on the ACT college admissions test in 2016, according to results released Aug. 24.

The average composite score for District 196 students was 23.0 out of a possible 36. With nearly one-third more students taking the test, the district average dropped 1.4 points from the year before but is still 2.2 points higher than the national average of 20.8 and 1.9 points higher than the state average of 21.1, which was highest among the 18 states that offer the ACT to all students (see table).

Since 2015, Minnesota law requires that all high school juniors have an opportunity to take the ACT Plus Writing test. In District 196, 1,593 students had taken the ACT at least once by the end of the 2014-15 school year. This past year, 2,052 students had taken the ACT at least once, 459 (29 percent) more than the year before. The 2016 average composite scores for individual District 196 high schools are as follows:

  • Apple Valley High School — 21.1
  • Eagan High School — 24.2
  • Eastview High School — 24.2
  • Rosemount High School — 22.6
  • School of Environmental Studies — 23.1
ACT Average Composite Scores – 2008-2016
Year District 196 State National
2016 23.0 21.1 20.8
2015 24.4 22.7 21.0
2014 24.1 22.9 21.0
2013 24.0 23.0 20.9
2012 24.1 22.8 21.1
2011 24.0 22.9 21.1
2010 24.0 22.9 21.0
2009 23.9 22.7 21.1
2008 23.8 22.6 21.1

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