Georgia students taking the ACT test have improved their scores slightly over last year’s scores, according to figures released today by the testing organization.
Perhaps the most significant figutre is the number taking the test.
In Georgia, 39,436 of this year’s high school graduates took the ACT. This represents a 9% increase over last year’s numbers. Over the past five years, the number of Georgia students taking the ACT takers has risen 69 percent. For a Georgia-specific report on college-readiness, see here. For Georgia’s state profile, see here.
The increase in scores has been more modest. The state’s average composite score rose one-tenth of a percent, to 20.7, just slightly less that the national average of 21. (Click here to see ACT’s Condition of College and Career Readiness report.) Georgia’s scores were good enough to tie it for 34th among 50 states–a marked improvement over the state’s bottom-tier performance on the SAT.
Despite the gains, by ACT’s standards, only 21% of Georgia students are ready to tackle college work in all four of its subject fields: English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science. Nationwide, students fare somewhat better, with 24 % meeting benchmarks in all four subjects. At the high end, nine Georgia seniors scored a perfect 36 on the test, down from last year’s 14.