HELENA— The Office of Public Instruction announced Friday the results of the Montana ACT scores for the 2016-2017 school year.

Overall Montana is just below average compared the rest of the U.S.

Montana’s statewide average scores mostly remained the same. Average reading scores had a slight increase from 20.8 in 2016 to 21.0 in 2017. The average English, Math and Science scores remained at 19.0, 20.2 and 20.5.

The national average score for 2017 is 21.0. Montana’s is 20.3.

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OPI attributed the lower averages to higher turnout rates. Montana had a nearly 100 percent turnout rate. The ACT is OPI’s designated test for juniors and is free to take because of a federal GEAR UP grant.

OPI says that states with lower participation tend to have higher scores.

The state agency also noted that Montana has disparities between student groups for college and career readiness. Only 7 percent of Montana’s American Indian students met three out of four of the ACT’s college readiness benchmarks.

Superintendent, Elsie Arntzen, said OPI continues to work on the growth of all Montana student groups.

“I look forward to continuing to promote academic growth for all Montana students. All means all and through Montana’s ESSA plan, we will ensure that all Montana students have the opportunity to be college, career and community ready,” Arntzen said.

For the report for college and career readiness click here.

To view the full ACT report click here.