Information released today by the Georgia Department of Education shows that Fulton County Schools has reached a record high for its ACT composite score.
Fulton’s overall composite scores remain high at 23.8, a 0.6 increase from last year. Comparatively, Georgia’s overall composite scores increased slightly to 21.4 from 21.1 last year and the national composite score increased slightly to 21.0. Scored on a scale of 1 to 36, with 36 being the highest possible score, the test is taken voluntarily by students throughout the year.
The ACT continues to grow in popularity for Fulton students as well as for students across Georgia and the nation. Fulton has seen a 15% increase in the number of test-takers in the past five years to just over 3,700 students this year. In Fulton, more than 57% of 2017 graduates took the ACT while nationally, an estimated 60% of the Class of 2017 took the ACT. While ACT participation rates are growing in Fulton and across the country, SAT participation continues to be higher.
About the ACT
Similar to the SAT, the ACT is a test commonly used for college admission and placement. It measures English, math, reading and science proficiency, with an optional writing section, whereas the SAT measures only math, reading and writing.
You can download individual school results, as well as five-year district trends, by clicking here. Scores are only reported for schools with 10 or more students taking the test during the 2016-2017 school year.