Iowa And South Dakota Students Tie For Nation’s Highest ACT Composite Averages

Iowa and South Dakota have tied with the highest average composite ACT scores among states that tested more than half of the students in the Class of 2019. Iowa Gov., Kim Reynolds says, “Iowa’s leading the nation in ACT scores, an important measurement to determine college and career readiness. The results reflect our commitment to education and the need to do even more to better prepare our young people for the future. It’s why Iowa must continue to build on innovative programs that connect individuals to the training and education required for rewarding careers.” The average composite score was 21.6 out of a possible 36. Iowa’s score did decline slightly from 21.8 in the previous year, but remains well above the 20.7 average. Iowa Department of Education Director, Ryan Wise, says schools have been doing more than ever in helping to ensure students are ready for post-secondary education or training. “While there’s more work to do, today’s news is a testament to all of the great work underway. In my weekly visits to schools across the state, I’m inspired by students taking ownership of their learning and teachers committed to preparing students for success beyond high school.”