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NRHS ACT scores fall, drop to No. 2 in St. Croix County

New Richmond High School's ACT scores continue to beat out other local schools.

The New Richmond High School class of 2012 scored an average composite score of 23.3, beaten only by Hudson (23.6) in all of St. Croix County.

The score is a half point lower than the average score of the class of 2011, but it's still better than the state average of 22.1 and the national average of 21.1.

Only 55.3 percent of New Richmond seniors took the ACT test last year and that's something the school continues to work on.

One hundred fourteen students took the test. Of those students, 68 were female and 46 were male.

According to the results, the female students in New Richmond had an average score of 23.1 and the males averaged 23.7 points.

Broken down by subject, the students scored highest on the English portion of the test, scoring 23.5, and scored lowest on math, scoring 22.9.

Last year's result showed the highest scores in reading and the lowest in English.

Just like the county-wide score, New Richmond ranks No. 2 in the Middle Border Conference as well, beaten by Amery High School, which averaged 23.7 points on the ACT. Prescott came in third with 22.9 points and Durand came in fourth with 22.6 points.

New Richmond's score is well above St. Croix Central's 21.9 and Somerset's 21.7, and while SCC and SHS scored below the state average, they did increase over the previous year's scores of 21.5 and 21, respectively.

Just like last year, students at St. Croix Central scored highest on the English portion of the test, scoring an average of 22.6 (compared to last year's 22.1). They scored lowest on the reading portion of the test, scoring a 21.3 (compared to last year's 21.6).

At Somerset, students scored highest on the reading portion of the test, scoring an average of 22.4 (compared to last year's average of 21.4); and, like the previous year, SHS scored lowest on the math portion of the test, scoring 20.4 (compared to 20.5 the year before).

Across Wisconsin, 47,588 students took the ACT at some time while in high school.

"Results on the ACT show strong statewide achievement and the vast majority of students are taking a college-preparatory curriculum," said State School Superintendent Tony Evers. "Businesses have told us and research bears out that college ready and career ready both require rigorous high school study.

According to the state's Department of Public Instruction, Wisconsin had 75 percent of its students report they would complete four or more years of English and three or more years each of math, science and social studies in high school."

Five years ago, only 58 percent said they would take all the ACT-recommended "core curriculum."

ACT results for state students who took a core curriculum average 2.3 points higher than for those who did not take a college preparatory curriculum.

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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