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EHS grads post higher ACT scores in all subject areas

Oct. 22, 2019 - ACT test-takers in Edina High School’s Class of 2019 posted higher average scores than previous years in all subjects, according to the 2019 ACT College Readiness Report. Average scores in the English and Reading tests are the highest for EHS in the past five years.

The College Readiness Report is an indicator of the future-readiness of high school graduates. ACT, in collaboration with postsecondary institutions across the country, has established Benchmark Scores which predict a 50 percent chance that a student would obtain a B or higher in corresponding college courses.

The average ACT test scores for 2019 EHS graduates increased over last year’s average in each of four subjects. (A perfect ACT score is 36.) Additionally, the percentage of students meeting the benchmark indicating college-readiness increased over last year.

Summary of the 2019 ACT College Readiness Report

The ACT Benchmark Score for College English Composition is 18 on the ACT English test.
(A score of 18 or higher predicts a 50 percent chance of obtaining a B or higher in College English Composition.)

  • Average EHS score: 26.6 (.8 higher than 2018)
  • 89% EHS ACT-tested students met benchmark (86% in 2018)
  • 61% Minnesota ACT-tested graduates met benchmark

The ACT Benchmark Score for College Algebra is 22 on the ACT Math test.
(A score of 22 or higher predicts a 50 percent chance of obtaining a B or higher in College Algebra.)

  • Average EHS score: 25.2 (.2 higher than 2018)
  • 72% EHS ACT-tested students met benchmark (71% in 2018)
  • 47% Minnesota ACT-tested graduates met benchmark

The ACT Benchmark Score for College Social Science is 22 on the ACT Reading test.
(A score of 22 or higher predicts a 50 percent chance of obtaining a B or higher in College Social Science.)

  • Average EHS score: 26.9 (.5 higher than 2018)
  • 78% EHS ACT-tested students met benchmark (76% in 2018)
  • 48% Minnesota ACT-tested graduates met benchmark

The ACT Benchmark Score for College Biology is 23 on the ACT Science test.
(A score of 23 or higher predicts a 50 percent chance of obtaining a B or higher in College Biology.)

  • Average EHS score: 25.8 (.4 higher than 2018)
  • 74% EHS ACT-tested graduates met benchmark (72% in 2018)
  • 42% Minnesota ACT-tested graduates met benchmark

Edina continues to be one of the top performing districts in the state with more than 95 percent of students participating in ACT testing. The EHS Class of 2019 earned an average ACT composite score of 26.3, compared to 25.8 in 2018. Six students in the class earned perfect composite scores of 36. The state average composite score is 21.4.