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EHS grads out-perform state, national peers in college readiness benchmarks

Sept. 25, 2017 - Edina High School (EHS) graduates are well prepared for post-secondary options, averaging scores 22.3 percent higher than the state average and 25.2 percent higher than national peers, according to the 2017 College Readiness Report recently released by ACT. EHS students earned an average ACT composite score of 26.3, compared to the state average of 21.5 and national average of 21.0. A perfect score is 36.

In collaboration with postsecondary institutions across the country, ACT has established college readiness benchmark scores — the minimum score needed on an ACT subject area to indicate a 50 percent chance of obtaining a B or higher in corresponding college courses. The chart below shows the ACT test, the college course it relates to and the benchmark score based on actual performance of students in college. The second chart shows the percentage of EHS students who meet or exceed the ACT benchmark, compared to state and national percentages.

ACT College Readiness Benchmarks

ACT Test College Course Benchmark
English English Composition 18
Math Algebra 22
Reading Social Science 22
Science Biology 23

Percent of 2017 EHS and Minnesota ACT-tested high school graduates that meeting College Readiness Benchmarks by Subject

  English Math  Reading  Science
E.H.S. 90% 76%  80%  75%
MN 63% 48%  50%  42%
U.S. 61% 41%  47%  37%

“The impressive benchmark percentages achieved by EHS students reflects the hard work of both students and staff, all of whom prioritize academic excellence day in and day out,” said Principal Andy Beaton. “It is an indication of the academic rigor EHS is known for and that prepares our students for success after high school.”