Georgia Students’ ACT Scores up Slightly

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.

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Georgia Colleges is published and edited by Jonathan Grant, an Atlanta-based author whose works include the award-winning The Way It Was in the South: The Black Experience in Georgia (University of Georgia Press). He is currently developing a guidebook to Georgia colleges for parents, students, and educators.

Grant graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in English. He is a former newspaper reporter, editor, and bureau chief with The Macon Telegraph and served as a Georgia state government spokesman for several years.

He lives in suburban Atlanta with his wife, Judy, and two children–a college freshman and a high school senior. Actively involved in community affairs, he has served as a PTA president, a local school council member, and as a soccer coach for twelve seasons.