The average score of Iowa students on the ACT college entrance exam held steady last year. Iowa students scored an average of 22 on the ACT — which tied them for second with Minnesota. Wisconsin finished first among the 25 states were at least 50-percent of the students take the test. Iowa Department of Education spokesman, Ron Parker, says the results show the state still needs to do better.The Iowa ACT score of 22 is one point above the national average. The top score possible is 36. Parker says the results show students who had tougher classes in four core courses had a better score overall.Parker says the state needs to do several things to improve — including better early childhood education and smaller elementary class sizes.Sixty-nine percent of Iowa high school graduates took the ACT test last year. Wisconsin remained in the top spot for the second straight year, despite dropping one-tenth of a point to 22-point-two.
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