Combined media releases: For the fifth year in a row, Georgia students beat the national average on the ACT, with the state’s average score increasing even as the national average dropped. Georgia’s class of 2021 recorded an average composite score of 22.6, compared to the national average of 20.3. Georgia students’ average score increased – from 21.7 in 2020 – while the national average fell slightly, from 20.6 in 2020. Scores in each individual subject area increased and were higher than the national average.
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The percentage of Georgia students in the class of 2021 meeting all four of ACT’s College Readiness benchmarks – 36 percent – was also higher than the national average of 25 percent, and increased in all subject areas.
Composite scores by local school districts and students testing:
- Rome: 21.3 / 98
- Floyd County: 21.5 / 171
- Cartersville: 21.3 / 134
- Bartow County: 20.3 / 109
- Calhoun: 20.2 / 69
- Gordon County: 21.1 / 32
- Polk County: 20.6 / 70
- Chattooga County: 20.1 / 27
- Trion: 20.2 /45
Media release: Floyd County Schools (FCS) Class of 2021 increased average ACT scores and were competitive with National and State scores.
The Class scored an exceptional 21.5 average, increasing from 20.6 in 2020, and topping the Nation’s 20.3 averages on the competitive college entrance and placement examination. The scores ranked FCS in the top 25 districts in the State. Students earn a score on a scale of 1 to 36. The average FCS scores by subject on the ACT used to calculate the overall composite average are: English, 20.8; Math, 20.6; Reading, 22.8; Science, 21.3.
The ACT is taken in lieu of or along with the SAT, and the Class of 2021’s ACT scores follow outstanding SAT results released earlier this fall. The number of students in the Class of 2021 who took the ACT decreased locally, statewide, and nationally: in FCS, 256 in 2020 to 171; in Georgia, 45,913 in 2020 to 29,202; in the U.S., 1.6 Million in 2020 to 1.29 Million. As with the SAT participation decline, this drop is attributed to the pandemic’s impact including the University System of Georgia’s temporary waiver of SAT/ACT score requirements for admission.
Scores from three FCS high schools ranked highest among Northwest Georgia area high schools and surpassed both the State and National averages. Overall, Georgia ranked 21st in the nation on the ACT. Georgia’s Class of 2021 average also increased scores to 22.6, up from 21.7 in 2020, as compared to the national average, which declined to 20.3, slightly down from 20.6.
For the first time in system history, Bartow County students beat the national average on the ACT, but that’s not all, their composite score reached an all-time high. The Class of 2021 recorded an average composite score of 20.9, compared to the national average of 20.3. All three high schools saw individual gains as well.
- Adairsville High School boasts the highest composite score systemwide with 21.1. The AHS Class of 2021 also saw a record high score in the Mathematics category.
- The data for Cass High School is equally impressive. Last year’s class recorded the highest scores the school has ever seen in English, Reading, and Science. They matched last year’s score in the Mathematics category.
- Woodland High School also saw record high increases in three out of the four categories: Mathematics, Reading, and Science. Its average composite score of 20.9 beat the national average of 20.3.
“First we see historic increases on the SAT this year and now the ACT, even in the middle of a pandemic,” said Bartow County School System Superintendent Dr. Phillip Page. “The ACT examination assesses general educational development and the ability to complete college level work. I’m excited to see the preparedness from this class and the tremendous effort from our teachers.”