Georgia students improve ACT college test scores

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Georgia’s high school students improved their scores on the ACT college entrance exam to the point where the state has almost caught up with the national average on this standardized test.

The average composite score for the state’s students was 20.8 in 2014, just below the national average of 21.0.

Georgia’s average score has increased incrementally from 20.6 in 2011 to 20.7 in both 2012 and 2013, before increasing again to 20.8 this year. During that same period, the state’s rank on the ACT has improved somewhat from 37th in 2011 to 30th in 2014.

The state Department of Education said Georgia did better than Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, Florida, Alabama, West Virginia, and South Carolina in this year’s average ACT score.

“Our students’ performance continues to rise on the ACT, and that’s important to us because it’s a nationally comparative measure of their readiness for college,” state school Supt. John Barge said.

DOE officials said scores in all four subject areas increased: the average English score went from from 20.2 to 20.3, math from 20.3 to 20.5, reading from 21.2 to 21.4, and science from 20.5 to 20.7.

The number of high school students taking the ACT has increased by 29 percent since 2010 — 50,697 students took the test in 2014.

© 2014 by The Georgia Report

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