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ACT Study Shows Big Difference Between ND and MN Students

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The Red River isn't just a spilt between states on a map.  It's also the dividing line between the nation's best ACT scores and ones that rank below the national average.

Minnesota's overall performance on the ACT college admission exam remains best in the nation for the eighth consecutive year.

Minnesota high school seniors scored higher than those in other states in which at least half of students took the exam.

Thirty-nine percent of seniors are proficient across the board, compared to 36 percent in 2012.

Minnesota's average composite score was 23 out of a possible 36.

Meantime, members of North Dakota's high school graduating class of 2013 who took the ACT college readiness assessment scored slightly lower than the national average.

The report from the American College Testing company says North Dakota test-takers had an average composite score of 20.5.  The national average is 20.9.

The ACT test assesses students in reading, English, math and science reasoning.  

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