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The average ACT test score of Wisconsin students again ranked third in the nation among states whose students primarily take ACT despite a two-tenths dip from the previous year’s average, according to the state Department of Public Instruction.

The statewide score for 2010 was 22.1 on a scale of 36, while the national composite score was down one-tenth from 2009 to 21.0 this year, according to the agency.

In the Madison School District, West High School had an average score of 25.9. Memorial High School’s score was 25.4, East High School’s score was 22.4 and La Follette High School’s score was 21.4, according to district spokesman Ken Syke.

Districtwide, Syke said Madison Schools had a composite ACT score of 24.2 in 2010, up slightly from 24.0 last year.

Other area districts’ composite scores include 23.9 at DeForest, 23.4 at Verona, 24.6 at Middleton and 22.3 at Monona Grove, which is one of only two districts in the state to require the ACT test of all juniors.

The state had a record number of its high school students take the ACT, with 69 percent of graduates having taken the test at some point in high school, up from 67 percent of graduates in 2009.


Racial Group Madison School District score Statewide score Nationwide score
African American 17.6 16 16.9
American Indian 25.8 20.2 19
Asian 23.8 20.3 23.4
Hispanic 20.1 18.7 18.6
White 25.4 23 22.3
Other/no reply N/A 21.2 20.6