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Indiana grads increase score on college entrance test

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Indiana's newest high school graduates scored slightly higher than the national average on the ACT college entrance exam.

A report released Wednesday says the average ACT score for Indiana's 2011 high school graduates was 21.2, compared with 21.1 nationally. Indiana averaged 21.1 last year and 21.0 in 2009.

Minnesota was ranked No. 1 in the nation, with an average of 22.9.

The report says 29 percent of Indiana's 2011 high school grads took the test. The number of Indiana graduates taking the ACT test has increased by 43.5 percent since 2007.

ACT was established in the late 1950s as the American College Testing Program and formerly shortened its name to ACT in 1996.

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