Iowa ACT results are out, and it shows that more students are ready to make the transition to college.
Iowa students are tied with Wisconsin for the second-highest average act composite score among states that tested more than half of students in the class of 2013.
“It’s great news, Iowa has a proud history in education and this is just one measure I can point to in terms of how completive Iowa students can be both with in state and nationally,” says Jay Pennington with the Iowa Department of Education.
More than 22 thousand students in Iowa took the test last year averaging a score of 22.1 out of a possible 36.
However, Pennington says there's still room for improvement.
“There’s still work to do, while we do have a high composite test score there is still a large proportion of the students that are not college or career ready.”
Minority groups are amongst those who don't take the test... But the department of education is looking for a way to fix that, so everyone can have a chance at higher education.
Our neighbor to the north, Minnesota scored first in the nation with an average composite score of 23.
The national average is 20.9.