State’s ACT scores steady, still above national average
South Dakota’s average composite ACT score remains unchanged from last year at 21.8, where it has been for the past three years. The national average was also unchanged from a year ago, sitting at 21.1 as it has been for four of the past five years.
The test is commonly used by postsecondary institutions as a benchmark for college entrance and readiness. In South Dakota, 81 percent of graduating seniors took the ACT, which is high for states that don’t require ACT testing for graduation.
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