- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 24, 2016

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota’s average composite score on the ACT college-entrance exam is the same for the fourth year in a row.

South Dakota’s 21.9 score is above the national average of 20.8. The testing company says 6,552 South Dakota students took the ACT, that’s about 76 percent of the graduating class of 2016.

Thirty-three percent of students who took the exam hit the college-prepared benchmark in the four core subjects tested - reading, English, math and science. However, the testing agency says, of the 450 Native American students who took the ACT, only 4 percent met the four benchmarks. That’s less than half of the national rate of 9 percent.

Reaching three or more benchmarks indicates a strong readiness for college course work.

Nationwide, nearly 2.1 million graduating seniors took the ACT.

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