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Gwinnett ACT scores continue to outpace state and nation

GCPS ACT takers surpass state, nation

Gwinnett ACT scores continue to outpace state and nation

October 30, 2019

     Gwinnett students continue to outperform their peers in the state and across the nation on the ACT Assessment, based on the scores released today. Gwinnett’s scores dipped slightly from last year’s scores, which came in at a five-year high. The ACT test assesses high school students’ general educational development and their ability to successfully complete college-level work. The four skill areas that are covered with multiple choice tests are:  English, mathematics, reading, and science. An optional writing test measures skill in planning and writing a short essay. 

     In Gwinnett, last year’s test-takers posted an average composite score of 22.4 out of a possible 36, compared to 21.4 for the state and 20.7 for the nation. In addition, Gwinnett students continue to outperform the state and nation in English, reading, science, and mathematics. This past year 4,557 GCPS students took the test.

                   2018-19 ACT Results Comparison (Gwinnett, GA, and Nation)




English: 20.1

English: 20.9

English: 21.7

Mathematics: 20.4

Mathematics: 20.7

Mathematics: 22.2

Reading: 21.2

Reading: 22.2

Reading: 22.8

Science: 20.6

Science: 21.2

Science: 22.4

Composite: 20.7

Composite: 21.4

Composite: 22.4

     A review of local school results show that six Gwinnett schools increased their average composite scores from 2017-18 to 2018-19. Those high schools are: Central Gwinnett; Discovery; Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology (GSMST); Mountain View; Shiloh; and South Gwinnett. In addition, ACT scores at Meadowcreek High School remained unchanged even as the number of participants increased. Other schools seeing increases in participation included Dacula, Discovery, GSMST, Gwinnett Online Campus, North Gwinnett, and Phoenix.

     The ACT is a test used by colleges and universities to predict how well students will perform at the post-secondary level. Students are encouraged to take the ACT as well as the SAT college admission exam to provide a broad range of information for college admissions counselors.

                                                             2018-19 Gwinnett County Public Schools ACT Scores

ACT chart listing results by GCPS high school

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