Georgia’s students showed marked improvement on the ACT in 2016, including students at Carrollton High School who exceeded not only the state composite average but also the nation’s.
Georgia’s average composite score of 21.1 was higher, for the first time in state history, than the national average of 20.8 and Carrollton High School’s score was even slightly higher than that at 21.2. Carrollton’s student performance is particularly impressive considering the number of students who take the ACT at CHS has increased by more than a third in the past five years compared to the state’s increase of 23 percent.
Scores in all content areas have continued to improve, too, over this span of time. CHS scores have increased by 8 percent since 2012 while state scores overall improved by 2 percent. The strongest gain for CHS was in reading at 11 percent and was the highest performance area for the school in 2016 at 22.2, compared to the state average of 21.8.
“The ACT has gained momentum here at CHS as our counselors encourage students to take this assessment in addition to – or in lieu of – the SAT if it is a better fit,” said David Brooks, CHS principal. “We are proud of the steady improvement in scores and expect the trend to continue.”