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Average 2018 Montana ACT scores down from last year

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The 2018 average ACT composite score in Montana was 19.6, compared to 19.7 in 2017 and 20.0 in 2016. The ACT is taken by high school juniors and is also considered a measure of college readiness. The required composite score to enter Montana’s University System is 22.0, which only 33% of students achieved.

At-risk student groups such as English Language Learners (ELLs), special education students, economically disadvantaged students, and American Indian students continue to under perform compared to the all-student average.

“Federally mandated test results do not represent the academic potential of each individual student, but they do show where we can work as a state to better prepare all Montana students to be college and career ready,” State Superintendent Elsie Arntzen said Thursday. “We must ensure that ALL Montana students succeed.”

Montana elementary and middle schools, however, showed improvement over last year.  For elementary and middle school students, the 2018 SBAC scores showed that 41.5% were at or above proficiency in math which is a slight increase from 2017 scores which were 41.2%.  In the English Language Arts portion, 50.5% of students were at or above proficiency which is a slight increase from the previous two years’ levels of 50.3% and 50.1%.

The complete 2018 assessment results can be found on:  https://gems.opi.mt.gov/StudentAchievement/Pages/Overview.aspx

The Office of Public Instruction will be releasing school report cards in December.

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