South Dakota students are scoring better on their ACT exam than students nationwide, and those same students have a high interest in pursuing postsecondary education, based on data released recently by the state Department of Education.
The state’s average ACT composite score is up slightly in 2018 and remains above the national average. The Department of Education reports that the state’s average ACT score for 2018 was 21.9 compared to the national average of 20.8 and last year’s statewide average of 21.8.
According to ACT, 92 percent of South Dakota’s 2018 graduates who took the ACT indicated that they plan to pursue postsecondary education. South Dakota public high school seniors, who have achieved qualifying scores on the ACT or on the 11th grade state test, receive guaranteed general acceptance into the state’s public universities or technical institutes.