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Wisconsin ranked 2nd for best ACT exam scores

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin public school superintendent Tony Evers said last year's seniors "did a fine job" on the ACT college entrance exam.

The state Department of Public Instruction released district by district results Wednesday. That was after the statewide totals showed that Wisconsin had the nation's second-highest composite score on the ACT test -- 22.2 of a possible 36.

However, 1 of every 5 Wisconsin students who took the exam failed to reach the ACT's benchmarks for assuring academic success in first-year college courses. Still, half the students achieved three or more benchmarks.

Three-fourths of test takers achieved the benchmark for English -- but only around half achieved it for reading, math, and science.

Evers noted that the percentage of Wisconsin kids who achieved the reading and science benchmarks were well above the national averages. And both those percentages were slightly higher than a year ago.

Starting this school year, all Wisconsin students will be required to take the ACT.

Evers said the system wants students to pursue rigorous coursework, so they can be prepared for the next steps -- whether it's college, military service, work, or job training.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)