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DCSS Class of 2016 ACT Scores

ACT (American College Testing) scores for the Class of 2016 were released on August 26. Students in Georgia showed improvement with a state average composite score of 21.1, higher for the first time in state history than the national average of 20.8. Douglas County saw a 10.6% or 90 student increase in test participation but did not see an increase in the ACT scores after two consecutive years of gains. The local composite score decreased by .2 percent, going from 19.5 in 2015 to 19.3 in 2016.

“We are very pleased to see such a significant jump in the number of students choosing to take the ACT as this has the potential to open doors for them they might not have had the opportunity for otherwise,” said Douglas County School Superintendent Dr. Gordon Pritz. “Although we strive for improvement in all that we do from year to year, we also know that when participation numbers increase at such a high rate, there is always the possibility that scores may drop slightly which is what we experienced with the Class of 2016 scores.”

Scores for the DCSS Class of 2016 were: Reading: 20.2; Science: 19.4; English: 18.5; and Math: 18.4. The ACT is a national college admissions examination that consists of curriculum-based subject area tests the above areas and also includes an optional writing portion. ACT results are accepted by all 4-year colleges and universities in the United States. The exam is scored on a scale from 0 to 36. It is an achievement test that measures what a student has learned and is scored based on the number of correct answers with no penalty for guessing. The ACT also has an Interest Inventory that allows students to evaluate their interests in various career options.

“A focus in our district for the last several years has been to encourage more students to participate in the ACT,” said Douglas County Chief Academic Officer Pam Nail. “In 2016, Douglas County had more students take the ACT than ever before. With our push for students to participate in the ACT, we recognize the need to provide more support for students in preparing for this college admissions exam. Along with this support we will continue to challenge our students to better prepare them for college or the workplace.”

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