ACT’s national release of assessment results show Iowa’s average composite score tied for first in the country among states that tested over half of students in the Class of 2019. Governor Kim Reynolds issued this statement:
“Iowa’s leading the nation in ACT scores, an important measurement to determine college and career readiness. The results reflect out 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.”
Iowa Department of Education Director Ryan Wise issued this statement:
“Schools are doing more than ever to ensure that all students are ready for the demands of college or career training. While there’s more 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.”
Iowa and South Dakota had an average composite score of 21.6 out of a possible 36. Iowa remains well above the national average of 20.7. The students who took the ACT represent 66 percent of last spring’s graduating class.