PIERRE – South Dakota's ACT scores continue to be above the national average, even while an estimated 78 percent of the 2014 graduating class participated in the exam.
According to the South Dakota Department of Education, students earned an average composite score of 21.9, versus 21.0 for the nation. The state composite score in 2013 also was 21.9, compared to 20.9 nationally.
“We are pleased that such a high percentage of our students choose to take the ACT and perform well. Sometimes when you have that many students participating, it can bring your average down,” said Secretary of Education Dr. Melody Schopp.
The ACT is scored on a scale of 1 to 36, with 36 being the highest possible score. Students are tested in the areas of English, mathematics, reading and science. The test is commonly used by postsecondary institutions as a benchmark for college entrance and readiness.