ACT scores for 2011
ACT scores for 2011
Posted on 08/19/2011

Over the last three years, Floyd County Schools has remained relatively steady in student scores on the ACT. Floyd County Schools scored an average of 20.4 on the test this year compared to 20.5 last year. Over the last five years, the system low was 19.8 in 2009 and 20.5 was the high last year. 

The ACT is a curriculum-based achievement test designed to measure college readiness and preparation. There is also an optional writing portion. The exam is scored on a scale from 0 to 36. The ACT includes four separate exams in English, reading, mathematics and science. “Our scores have held steady and very close to the state and national average which is encouraging but our goal as a system is to push student achievement to even higher levels,” stated Dr. Lynn Plunkett, superintendent of Floyd County Schools. “We continue to encourage our students to take a more rigorous academic schedule to improve their performance on the ACT, SAT and college level work.” She added, “Research shows that students engaged in a rigorous academic curriculum in high school are more likely to be successful in college.” 

Two high schools, Armuchee High and Coosa High, were equal to or above the state average. Armuchee High scored 20.9 to lead Floyd County high schools and top the state average. Coosa High students raised their score to 20.6 to equal the state score. Pepperell High was close behind with a score of 20.5 and Model High students scored 19.6. English was an area of strength for the system as the percentage of students identified as being ready for college level work of 67% was better than the state (63%) and national average (66%).

In a breakdown of scores, Floyd County has narrowed the achievement gap that has been reported at the state and national levels. In Floyd County, Black/African American students had an average composite score of 17.1, which was higher than the national average of 17.0; and Hispanic students had an average composite score of 19.6, which was higher than the national average of 18.7. 

The level of preparation or the types of classes taken while in high school shows to be significant in ACT results. Students taking the required core of classes or more during high school showed significantly better scores than students not taking the courses that would prepare them for college - those taking less than the recommended core. Preparation also proved to be important for students in Floyd County Schools. In English, students taking core or more scored 20.0 while those taking less than core scored 17.0. In math, the difference was 20.3 for those taking core and 16.5 for less than core; reading, 21.0 for core and 18.3 for less than core; and science, 20.5 for those taking core and 18.3 for less than core.

Floyd County Schools will focus efforts on improving scores on the ACT by encouraging students to take the recommended course work required to be successful on the ACT before taking the test, building test prep content into academic classes, focusing efforts in High School 101 classes for freshmen on college preparation and continuing to focus on providing rigorous curriculum pathways for students to better prepare our community’s graduates for success after high school. 

 

English

Math

Reading

Science

Composite

Armuchee High

2011

20.8

20.3

21.2

20.9

20.9

 

2010

20.4

19.8

21.8

20.3

20.7

Coosa High

2011

19.8

20.2

20.7

21.1

20.6

 

2010

20.1

19.8

21

20.2

20.4

Model High

2011

18.5

19.5

20.8

19.3

19.6

 

2010

18.4

19.3

19.7

19.3

19.3

Pepperell High

2011

20.3

19.9

20.9

20.0

20.5

 

2010

21.1

21.6

20.9

21.2

21.3

Floyd County

2011

19.9

20.0

20.9

20.3

20.4

 

2010

20.1

20.1

20.9

20.3

20.5

Georgia

2011

20.1

20.7

20.8

20.3

20.6

 

2010

20.1

20.7

20.9

20.5

20.7

United States

2011

20.6

21.1

21.3

20.9

21.1

 

2010

20.5

21

21.3

20.9

21