Newton ACT scores see improvement

CONYERS — The number of students who took the ACT as well as the district averages in Rockdale and Newton counties declined slightly, according to scores released by the Georgia Department of Education Wednesday morning.

In 2018-19, 644 Newton County high school students took the test, earning an average score of 18.6, down from last year’s 672 students and average score of 19.

Rockdale County had 542 students take the test, averaging a score of 18.8, dropping from 580 students and only .1 from 2017-18 results.

School-level averages also dipped across the board.

“Congratulations to Eastside High School for besting the nation in two subjects this year,” said Samantha Fuhrey, NCSS Superintendent. “While our overall scores decreased slightly in 2019, we remain committed to our goal of ensuring every high school student who wishes to further his or her education at the post-secondary level is academically prepared to succeed. Improving student outcomes takes a combination of high expectations of our students and staff, rigorous coursework in all grade levels, the daily utilization of highly effective teaching practices, and the commitment of our students to place a high importance on their education. It is also important for students to have support from parents and family to reinforce the value of their education.”

“Overall, our district maintained its performance for 2019 ACT scores, which mimics the state and national trend,” said Rockdale Superintendent Dr. Terry Oatts. “As a district, we are committed to enhancing our students’ college and career readiness by affording them challenging and rigorous curriculum. Our recent College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) score showed an increase in the Readiness component across all levels. This year, we began administering the Pre-ACT test to all sophomores to expose students to the types of questions on the ACT and better prepare them for this college entrance exam. We will continue to support our students’ aspirations by strengthening our advisement system and providing our students with the support necessary to be successful in their postsecondary pursuits, whether seeking higher education, employment or military opportunities.”

Georgia’s average composite score of 21.4 held steady from 2018 to 2019 but was higher, for the fourth consecutive year and the fourth time in state history, than the national average of 20.7.

Georgia also outperformed the nation in individual subjects English, reading, science and mathematics.

“I’m extremely proud of our Georgia students – and the educators who prepare them each day – for beating the nation on the ACT once again,” said State School Superintendent Richard Woods. “I want to emphasize that this is only the fourth time in state history this has been accomplished. While there is still work to be done to ensure we are offering a well-rounded education and preparing every child for their next steps after high school, Georgia’s students and teachers continue achieve unprecedented success.”

Overall, Georgia is tied for 23rd in the nation on the ACT, up from 24th in 2018.

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