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ACT scores decline in New Richmond District

New Richmond's ACT composite scores fell short of the statewide average and are the lowest they've been since 2003-04.

Overall, New Richmond students averaged 22.1 on the ACT. That's compared to 22.2 statewide and 23.0 in 2007-08.

Roughly 54 percent of New Richmond's 2009 graduating class -- 121 of the 225 seniors -- were tested. Female students averaged 21.7 and male students averaged 22.6

The 22.1 score is one of the lowest in St. Croix County tying with Glenwood City and beating only Somerset, whose students scored an average of 21.8.

Hudson ranked the highest in St. Croix County with 23.3, followed by Baldwin-Woodville with 22.6 and St. Croix Central with 22.3.

Although New Richmond's composite score might seem low, it might be a little deceiving.

For example, although Baldwin-Woodville score a half point higher than New Richmond, NRHS students beat Baldwin-Woodville in mathematics.

Similarly, St. Croix Central ranked 0.2 above New Richmond, but NRHS students outscored SCC in mathematics, reading and science.

For a complete comparison of New Richmond's scores, see the accompanying graphic.

Jackie Grumish
Jackie Grumish has been a reporter with the New Richmond News since 2008. She holds degrees in journalism and fine art from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Ill. Before coming to New Richmond, Jackie worked as the city government reporter at a daily newspaper in Aberdeen, S.D. 
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