At a meeting tonight, school board members from Robbinsdale Area Schools will listen to a presentation by Gayle Walkowiak, executive director of teaching and learning, about the district's ACT scores.
According to school board documents, while more Robbinsdale Area Schools students are taking college readiness courses than ever before, the average ACT composite scores have declined.
Over the last five years, ISD 281 students have maintained an average composite score of 22.4 or higher. When looking at the ACT performance of the 2012 graduating class, the average test score was 22.
"The declines were seen in all four subject areas with slightly more decline in English scores and slightly less decline in math scores," Walkowiak said in documents. "A closer look at the data indicate that a substantial portion of these declines were due to changes in the scores of female students."
While it's too early to say if the decline in female scores is a trend, the issue is something that will be monitored and reviewed again next year.
The Minnesota ACT average score is 22.8, a number that Walkowiak says is hard to reach. Robbinsdale Area Schools students exceed the national average by almost one point.