The Ames Tribune published that Ames high school students scored higher on the ACT than the Iowa and national averages. Iowa tied for second in the nation for the highest average ACT composite scores. The ACT is intended to measure students ability to succeed in a college course. Click the link for more information and actual scores. http://amestrib.com/sections/news/ames-and-story-county/ames’-act-scores-above-state-national-averages.html