Take a deeper look at what ACT scores reveal

  • Article by: Editorial Board , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 26, 2013 - 8:15 AM

Applaud state ACT scores, but double down on disparities.

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davidhintonAug. 25, 13 9:07 PM

The headline could have been "Students of color do better than their counterparts in other states." There is still much work to be done but there are bright spots.

bltdj1Aug. 25, 1310:14 PM

We ought to be celebrating! Our minorities do better than those in other states and our white kids do much better! That is a good achievement gap and implies that there is little discrimination or at least less than other states. We need to be careful not to blame the gap on demographic factors. Nobody wants to imply that minorities are unable to learn at the same pace as whites when surrounded by people of similar ethnicity or economic status. I can't think of a more blatent expression of racism against those students of color.

velmoholmAug. 25, 1310:15 PM

It would be appropriate to give some credit to those involved in the education of our children. Minnesota came out well on the ACT assessment. Don't equate ACT test performance with those skills that colleges see lacking in incoming students. The ACT is a test of knowledge and reasoning while skills lacking in incoming freshmen are most notably writing, higher order thinking, and the ability to independently acquire knowledge.

martytoilAug. 25, 1311:53 PM

We do a great job in this state with education. As poverty levels continue to rise, so will the "gap". If we want to address the "gap", first we must look at the income gap.

jsmithxcAug. 26, 13 5:06 AM

The data provided the ACT only compares students who took the ACT and little can be learned about the state of American education from this data. The SAT is used in many other states, not all students take the ACT even in states where it is popular. When the numbers came out it was stated that these students who took the test were high school graduates - what about high school dropouts? This is a part of the achievement gap problem too. There are better measures to look at the achievement gap (the NAEP for example) and by these measures Minnesota is at the bottom of the heap.

jegelkrout2Aug. 26, 13 6:16 AM

While there is always room for improvement, there are those that would see 3 consecutive years of perfect ACT scores as "stagnant."

furguson11Aug. 26, 13 6:43 AM

I'd be more concerned that 60 percent of all students were not ready for college, even though we are the best in the nation. We are going to get trounced globally soon.

swmnguyAug. 26, 13 7:06 AM

No country anywhere, ever, has sent 60% of its students to college. To say the 60% of American students aren't ready for college is completely unremarkable.

veritacaputAug. 26, 13 7:12 AM

Hmmm...let's not break out the bubbly too soon, Minnesota. Did you know that nine states require ALL of their students to take the ACT? Anybody want to guess where Minnesota would stand in the rankings if we followed suit? Common sense tells us that the 25% of our students who chose not to take the ACT would on average have scored far, far below a composite score of 23.

furguson11Aug. 26, 13 7:53 AM

And these scores were only for the 77% of High Schoolers that took the test. I suppose a college preparedness test explains why almost all of the people taking it said they expected to attend a four year higher ed institution. So a little bad math...60% of 77% equals means that less than half of our HS graduates are ready for college in MN, doesn't it? Good luck to us.


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