Students outperform state and nation on ACT

October 22, 2020

Stillwater Area High School students continue to outperform their peers across the state and nation on the ACT, a national assessment that gauges how well prepared students are for college. The average composite score for Stillwater students in 2019-202 was 23.1, compared to an average of 21.3 in Minnesota and 20.6 in the nation. 

While the ACT is best known as a college-admission requirement, it also provides data for schools and districts to reflect on how well their curriculum, instructional practices, assessments, programming and learning environments are meeting the needs of students. ACT has established a set of college-readiness benchmarks based on the test results, which are designed to predict how students might perform in the typical first-year college courses of English composition, college algebra, social science and biology. In these measures, too, Stillwater students are performing well:

  • 56% of Stillwater students met three or four of the ACT College Readiness Benchmarks, compared to 43% of students statewide.

  • Of the percentage of students who met college readiness benchmarks, Stillwater students outperformed the state and the nation in every area - English, Mathematics, Reading, Science, Composite