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Gwinnett ACT scores outpace state and nation

GCPS' ACT performance bests state, nation

Gwinnett ACT scores outpace state and nation

September 15, 2017

     Gwinnett students continue to outperform their peers in the state and across the nation on the ACT Assessment, based on the scores released today. 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 22.6 out of a possible 36, compared to 21.4 for the state and 21.0 for the nation. This past year 4,953 students took the test.
A review of local school results show that eight Gwinnett schools increased their average composite scores by .5 or more from 2015-16 to 2016-17. Those schools are: Central Gwinnett; Collins Hill; Discovery; Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology; Lanier; Mill Creek; Shiloh; and South Gwinnett. Overall, 12 schools saw increases in ACT scores and scores at three other schools— Dacula, Mountain View, and North Gwinnett— remained unchanged. 

     Associate Superintendent of Curriculum and Instructional Support Dr. Jonathan Patterson says, “The ACT is based on what students learn in high school and provides personalized information about their strengths for education and career planning.  In Gwinnett, we use our students’ performance on the ACT and other national assessments as a key indicator as to the progress we are making in preparing students for college and careers.”

    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.

 

 

2013-2014

2014-2015

2015-2016

2016-17

N Counts

Composite Score

N Counts

Composite Score

N Counts

Composite Score

N Counts

Composite Score

Archer High School

196

21.2

248

21.5

256

21.6

253

22.0

Berkmar High School

262

19.3

267

18.9

207

19.5

162

19.8

Brookwood High School

377

23.5

385

22.7

434

23.6

419

24.0

Central Gwinnett High School

213

18.7

237

19.2

192

19

147

19.7

Collins Hill High School

321

22.6

295

22.3

366

22.4

319

23.2

Dacula High School

181

20.5

170

20.8

162

21.5

161

21.5

Discovery High School

*

*

*

*

58

18.2

128

19.0

Duluth High School

178

22.0

217

22.2

208

22.8

210

22.0

Grayson High School

261

21.4

287

21.6

325

21.7

343

21.4

GSMST

118

28.9

117

28.0

126

28.7

120

29.4

Gwinnett Online Campus

6

**

10

22.7

8

**

12

21.3

Lanier High School

138

20.4

123

21.3

151

20.7

118

22.1

Maxwell High School

*

*

*

*

*

 *

*

*

Meadowcreek High School

187

18.1

160

18.7

202

18.7

172

18.0

Mill Creek High School

399

22.6

432

24.0

482

23.5

461

24.2

Mountain View High School

154

22.6

204

22.7

232

23.0

192

23.0

Norcross High School

287

22.0

296

22.1

312

23.1

296

22.2

North Gwinnett High School

311

24.7

342

25.3

399

25.3

407

25.3

Parkview High School

257

23.5

326

23.4

341

23.1

315

22.8

Peachtree Ridge High School

414

22.4

431

22.6

434

23.1

381

23.5

Phoenix High School

5

**

1

**

0

 **

2

**

Shiloh High School

181

19.4

183

19.5

176

18.6

171

19.2

South Gwinnett High School

151

18.7

193

18.6

182

18.2

164

20.0

Gwinnett County Public Schools

4,597

21.9

4,924

22.1

5,255

22.3

4,953

22.6

Georgia

50,697

20.8

54,653

21.0

58,073

21.1

 

 

National

1,845,787

21.0

1,924,436

21.0

2,090,342

20.8

 

 

                                   

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