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Iowa ranks No. 2 in U.S. for best ACT scores


Axios Des Moines: Iowa’s 2021 high school graduating class earned the second-highest ACT score in the U.S., averaging a composite score around 21.5 out of 36, said Rose Babington, ACT’s director of state partnerships. The state’s ranking is in comparison to other states that have a 40% or higher participation rate. Iowa’s average score is 1.2 points higher than the national average — 20.3. The state ranks just below Minnesota and South Dakota, who tied for first at 21.6. On the downside, the number of Iowa seniors who took the ACT suffered a deep decline — 47% in comparison to 2020’s 68%.

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