STMA college test scores exceed state, nation

2013 class achieves highest STMA ACT scores


Exceeding both Minnesota and the nation, the St. Michael-Albertville Class of 2013 scored 23.3 and continued the trend of scoring higher than the previous class.

The class scored higher than the Minnesota state average of 23, which for the eighth consecutive year lay claim to being the best in the nation. STMA has exceeded the state average three of the last four years.

STMA achieved a new milestone this year in students ready for college-level coursework. For the first time, all four areas assessed – college English, algebra, social science and biology – showed predictions that more than 50% of STMA graduating seniors will receive a B or higher in college coursework. In College English, 82% met the benchmark for college readiness, algebra 78%, social science 55% and biology 55%. All areas except social science exceeded Minnesota college readiness averages.

The percentage of STMA students meeting or exceeding the college algebra benchmark (78%) topped Minnesota readiness by the largest percentage difference among the four categories of 62%.

Supt. Jim Behle said it is impossible to pinpoint just one reason for STMA’s increasing and strong scores for career and college readiness: “We continue to develop and teach a strong academic curriculum. It’s a combination of great students, parents and teachers.”

He noted that the scores are increasing at the same time high school enrollment and the percent of STMA seniors taking the test is increasing. In 2013, 260 seniors (72%) took that test compare to 135 (60%) in 2006. The statewide average for the Class of 2013 is 74%.