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Published August 23, 2013, 05:41 PM

School official says ACT statistics not fair comparison

Earlier this week, a report released by American College Testing showed North Dakota high school juniors below the national average, but Grand Forks Assistant Superintendent Jody Thompson says there's more to the story.

Earlier this week, a report released by American College Testing showed North Dakota high school juniors below the national average, but Grand Forks Assistant Superintendent Jody Thompson says there's more to the story.

In an interview with WDAZ today, Thompson says the nation's results don't accurately reflect criteria, because North Dakota is among only nine other states where testing every junior is mandatory. In Minnesota, testing is not mandatory and only those juniors wanting to take the ACT will actually take it. Thompson says the states that don't mandate testing typically have a 20 to 50 percent testing rate. "So the comparison to a national statistic probably is nor a fair one. We need to be compared to a group that actually mandates testing for juniors," said Thompson. In Grand Forks, Thompson says students tested about three to five percent above state average.

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