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2019 ACT Composite Results Remain Unchanged from 2018; Slight Increases in Math and English Language Arts Proficiency

2019 ACT Composite Results Remain Unchanged from 2018; Slight Increases in Math and English Language Arts Proficiency

Friday, September 13, 2019/Categories: Office of Public Instruction/Tags: Elsie Arntzen , Dylan Klapmeier , Montana Office of Public Instruction , ACT , Montana OPI

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2019 ACT Composite Results Remain Unchanged from 2018; Slight Increases in Math and English Language Arts Proficiency

September 13, 2019

HELENA—The Office of Public Instruction announced Montana’s 2019 ACT results today. The overall state composite score in 2019 was 19.6, the same as in 2018 and down from 2017 and 2016 composites of 19.7 and 20.0 respectively. The ACT is Montana’s statewide assessment for high school students for federal reporting purposes and an important tool for assessing college readiness. In the math category, 34% of students were proficient compared to 32% last year. In the English language arts combined categories, 46% of students were proficient compared to 44% last year.

“These ACT results show that Montana has work to do in preparing our students for success in college and careers, especially in the critical areas of math and English language arts,” State Superintendent Elsie Arntzen said Friday. “While one test is not an indicator of a student’s full potential and not all students need to go to college to find a career, Montana must prepare the next generation for success after they graduate high school.

This year, 9,570 juniors took the ACT which represents about 95% participation statewide. The test measures proficiency in English, reading, writing, math, and science. The below chart shows the percentage of students who are college-ready in each category. The Montana University System requires a composite score of 22 as one of the admissions criteria of its four-year campuses.

As part of Montana’s federal accountability system, the OPI included the ACT as a college or career readiness indicator alongside Advanced Placement, dual enrollment, and CTE concentration, among others. 

The ACT is funded by the Office of the Commissioner of High Education through a federal Gear Up grant and is administered by ACT Inc. and the Office of Public Instruction.

*A detailed 2019 ACT report along with state and local results can be found at this link: https://gems.opi.mt.gov/StudentAchievement/Pages/ACTDashboard.aspx

*State and local SBAC results for elementary and middle schools will be available in the coming weeks.

College Readiness Benchmarks

 

Subject

ACT College Readiness Benchmark

% At or Above College Ready Indicator for 2018

% At or Above College Ready Indicator for 2019

English

18

49%

50%

Reading

22

38%

37%

Math

22

32%

34%

Science

23

30%

29%

Composite

22

33%

32%

 

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CONTACT: Dylan Klapmeier

                       Director of Communications, Montana Office of Public Instruction

                       dylan.klapmeier@mt.gov

                       406-444-3559

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