Steady gains on ACT
Floyd County shows steady gains on ACT
Posted on 08/19/2010
Over the last three years, Floyd County Schools has shown a steady rise in student scores on the ACT and that trend continued for 2010. Floyd County Schools scored an average of 20.5 on the test this year. That score is an increase from 19.8 one year ago and just slightly below the state score of 20.7 and the national average of 21. 

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. Scores for Floyd County Schools increased on all four exams this year. “We continue to improve on the ACT and it is very encouraging that we made progress on each section this year,” stated Dr. Lynn Plunkett, superintendent of Floyd County Schools. She added, “We will continue to encourage our students to take more rigorous courses to improve their performance on the ACT, SAT and college level work.” 

Two high schools, Armuchee High and Pepperell High, were equal to or above the state average. Pepperell High was also above the national average on the test to measure college readiness. Pepperell High bested the national score with 21.3, Armuchee High was equal to the state with a score of 20.7, Coosa High scored 20.4 and Model High students scored 19.3.

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, African American students had an average composite score of 17.2, higher than the national average of 16.9; and Hispanic students had an average composite score of 19.7, higher than the national average of 18.6. 

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. In English, students taking core or more scored 20.5 while those taking less than core scored 16.7. In math, the difference was 20.5 for those taking core and 16.4 for less than core; reading, 21.3 for core and 18.0 for less than core; and science, 20.6 for those taking core and 17.7 for less than core.

 

English

Math

Reading

Science

Composite

Armuchee High

2010

20.4

19.8

21.8

20.3

20.7

 

2009

19.9

19.6

20.3

19.2

19.9

Coosa High

2010

20.1

19.8

21

20.2

20.4

 

2009

19.4

19.5

21

20

20.1

Model High

2010

18.4

19.3

19.7

19.3

19.3

 

2009

19.7

19.5

19.9

19.7

19.8

Pepperell High

2010

21.1

21.6

20.9

21.2

21.3

 

2009

19.1

19.7

19.6

19.4

19.4

Floyd County

2010

20.1

20.1

20.9

20.3

20.5

 

2009

19.5

19.5

20.2

19.6

19.8

Georgia

2010

20.1

20.7

20.9

20.5

20.7

 

2009

20.1

20.6

20.9

20.3

20.6

United States

2010

20.5

21

21.3

20.9

21

 

2009

20.6

21

21.4

20.9

21.1