Students Outperform State and National Averages on 2010 ACT Exam

Sartell-St. Stephen School District officials announced the local results of the 2010 ACT college entrance exam.  ACT results are accepted nation-wide as a benchmark for entrance into most colleges and universities and are a predictor for academic success at college.

“Our district results show that our schools and students continue to outperform state and national averages,” says Dr. Joseph Hill, Superintendent for Sartell-St. Stephen School District.  “In addition to our achievement scores growing, just as impressive is the number of students who are taking the ACT exam continues to grow.  There was almost a 20% increase in the number of students who took the ACT over last year.”  Hill notes that all of the ACT results are a win for the district and the community when we consider that this is the sixth year that Minnesota has had the highest national average score in the nation.


2010 Results:

Nation: 21        Minnesota: 22.9          Sartell-St. Stephen Public Schools: 23.9


Hill credits the results to the hard work of our students, teachers, staff, and families.  “We are above state and national averages in every benchmark category:  English Composition, Algebra, Social Science, and Biology.  We also exceed expectations when we look at the percentage of our students who meet all four benchmark categories.”  Nationally, 24% of students who take the ACT met all four benchmarks.  Statewide, the percentage increases to 35% and within the Sartell-St. Stephen School District, 49% of the students who took the exam met all four benchmarks, which is over two times that of the national average.

Hill is new to the Sartell=St. Stephen School District as of July of this year.  He says that, regardless of continually improving scores, we will continue to review and evaluate the rigor of our current courses and the engagement process of students in early college and career awareness.  The district also will move forward with establishing further partnerships with postsecondary schools to further understand what students need to know to be ready for the educational opportunities and the workplace as a 21st century learner.

“I have already become aware of the school and district culture we have in our community,” says Hill.  “It is one of inspiration, support, and high expectations for all.”