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MHS again posts above-average ACT test scores

By The Mercury

Manhattan High’s graduates once again outperformed the state and national averages on the ACT.

Data for the 2012-13 senior class was released Wednesday, and USD 383 officials said MHS seniors had an average composite score of 23.1. That was a slight increase from the school’s 22.9 average in 2012, and was also ahead of both the state’s 21.8 average and the nation’s 20.9 average.

A score of 36 is perfect on the ACT scale.

USD 383 had 38 percent of its students at least reach the college-ready benchmarks for all four ACT subjects: English, reading, math and science. The state had 30 percent of its students meet the college-ready standards in all four subjects, which is ahead of the national average of 26 percent.

A benchmark score is the minimum score needed on an ACT subject to indicate a 50 percent chance of obtaining a B or higher or about a 75 percent chance of obtaining a C or higher in the corresponding college course. The corresponding college courses are English Composition (English), Algebra (math), Social Science (reading) and Biology (science).

In terms of individual subjects, 77 percent of MHS graduates reached the college-ready benchmark in English, 63 percent reached it in reading, 59 percent reached it in math and 51 percent reached it in science.

Representatives of other area schools did not respond to requests for ACT test result data.

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