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Gov. Reynolds, Director Wise issue statements on Iowa’s No. 1 average ACT score


This news story was published on October 30, 2019.
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Kim Reynolds

DES MOINES — Gov. Kim Reynolds issued the following statement in response to ACT’s national release of assessment results, which show Iowa’s average composite score tied for first in the country among states that tested more than half of students in the Class of 2019:

“Iowa’s leading the nation in ACT scores, an important measurement to determine college and career readiness. The results reflect our commitment to education and the need to do even more to better prepare our young people for the future,” said Gov. Reynolds. “It’s why Iowa must continue to build on innovative programs that connect individuals to the training and education required for rewarding careers.”

Iowa Department of Education Director Ryan Wise issued the following statement:

“Schools are doing more than ever to ensure that all students are ready for the demands of college or career training. While there’s more to do, today’s news is a testament to all of the great work underway. In my weekly visits to schools across the state, I’m inspired by students taking ownership of their learning and teachers committed to preparing students for success beyond high school.”

Iowa and South Dakota had an average composite score of 21.6 out of a possible 36. Iowa’s score declined slightly from the previous year (21.8), but remains well above the national average (20.7). The 22,965 Iowa students who took the ACT represent 66 percent of last spring’s graduating class.

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14 Responses to Gov. Reynolds, Director Wise issue statements on Iowa’s No. 1 average ACT score

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    November 2, 2019 at 6:20 pm

    * “For the third time in a row since Common Core was fully phased in nationwide, U.S. student test scores on the nation’s broadest and most respected test have dropped, a reversal of an upward trend between 1990 and 2015. Further, the class of 2019, the first to experience all four high school years under Common Core, is the worst-prepared for college in 15 years, according to a new report.”

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    October 31, 2019 at 12:20 pm

    The only the US is #1 in world is…… incarcerating our adult population

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    October 30, 2019 at 7:32 pm

    How come the Star Tribune just reported Minnesota is number one in average ATC scores.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      October 30, 2019 at 11:28 pm

      Because Iowa is first in ACT scores. ATC is A Trump Con.

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      October 31, 2019 at 9:01 pm

      Minnesota had the highest average ACT for states where 90% or more of graduating seniors took the ACT. Iowa had the highest average score for states where 59% or more of graduating seniors took the ACT. Neither metric is all that useful when you consider many parts of the country use SAT testing, not ACT testing.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    October 30, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    Kids of the future will be taught computer coding at a very early age. Teachers will be replaced by people who monitor the computers. Each child will be assigned a computer as a learning center. We are at the beginning of a world from cartoon land. The Jetsons.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    October 30, 2019 at 5:32 pm

    Less students should equal a higher score, not lessor.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    October 30, 2019 at 4:43 pm

    Where are resident know-it-alls who complain about teachers and their supposedly lack of ability to teach? They will jump all over a story that says Iowa education funding is too low but when their own party praises the job teachers are doing, they are quiet.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      October 30, 2019 at 5:31 pm

      Where are the stat’s on English and Math Dumb Ass! and the SAT scores went down as usual.

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        October 31, 2019 at 8:16 am

        Name calling is a childish tactic. Shame on you.

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          Anonymous Reply Report comment

          October 31, 2019 at 8:23 am

          Tough Shit, Dumb Ass!

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          Anonymous Reply Report comment

          October 31, 2019 at 4:46 pm

          That is eLViS or otherwise known as LLaarryy Vicious Schniiider. He is a tool.

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            Anonymous

            November 2, 2019 at 12:40 pm

            Is that the same old troll who lives on N.Jeff in MC?

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            Anonymous

            November 2, 2019 at 1:27 pm

            The very same.