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Area

# Tested

English

Math

Reading

Science

Composite

Alcovy High

161 (-23)

17.9 (+.4)

17.8 (+.3)

19.3 (+.5)

18.5 (+.1)

18.5 (+.3)

Eastside High

190 (+38)

19.5 (-.2)

19.3 (+.2)

21.2 (+.2)

20.1 (+.1)

20.1 (=)

Newton High

265 (+38)

17.2 (+.3)

17.4 (+.2)

18.8 (+.9)

18.5 (+.6)

18.1 (+.5)

NCSS

616 (+52)

18.1 (+.2)

18.1 (+.3)

19.7 (+.7)

19.0 (+.4)

18.8 (+.3)

Georgia

50,697

20.3

20.5

21.4

20.7

20.8

Nation

1,845,787

20.3

20.9

21.3

20.8

21.0

 

Newton County School System scores increased across the board on the 2014 ACT college entrance exam. The district also saw an increase in the number of test takers last year. The average score for English increased from 17.9 to 18.1 and the average Math score increased from 17.8 to 18.1 in 2014.  The district’s reading scores saw a large increase, going from 19.0 to 19.7 and Science scores rose from 18.6 to 19.0. As a result, the NCSS composite score increased from 18.5 to 18.8 in 2014.

Unlike the SAT, a reasoning test that measures critical thinking skills and assesses how well a student analyzes and solves problems, the ACT is a series of curriculum-based, multiple choice tests that cover content knowledge in four basic skill areas: English (College English Composition), math (College Algebra), reading (College Social Science), and science (College Biology). Students also receive a composite score on the exam, which is scored on a scale from 0 to 36. The ACT also has an optional writing test.

SCHOOL LEVEL DATA

According to the official ACT report, Alcovy High School posted increases in all subject areas and the composite score in 2014.  Overall, the school’s English score rose from 17.5 to 17.9; Mathematics increased from 17.5 to 17.8; Reading rose from 18.8 to 19.3; and Science increased from 18.4 to 18.5. As a result the school’s composite score increased from 18.2 in 2013 to 18.5 in 2014.

Eastside High School had more test takers and also posted gains or equaled previous scores in four of five categories in 2014. The school’s English score dipped from 19.7 to 19.5 while scores from Math, Reading, and Science all showed increases. Eastside’s Math score rose from 19.1 to 19.3 and the school’s Reading score increased from 21.0 to 21.2. Science scores rose from 20.0 to 20.1. Eastside’s composite score remained steady at 20.1 in 2014.

 

Newton High School increased test takers and saw significant gains across the board in all subject areas and the composite in the 2014. The school’s English score rose from 16.9 to 17.2 and Math increased from 17.2 to 17.4. Newton’s highest marks came in Reading, where scores increased by almost one point, going from 17.9 to 18.8 in 2014. Science scores also rose from 17.9 to 18.5. The increases in all subject areas resulted in a very significant gain on the composite score, which rose from 17.6 in 2013 to 18.1 in 2014.  

Through collaborative research with postsecondary institutions nationwide, the ACT has established the following college readiness benchmark scores for designated courses:

  • English Composition                       18 on the ACT  English Test
  • Algebra                                                                22 on the ACT Mathematics Test
  • Social Science                                    22 on the ACT Reading Test
  • Biology                                                 23 on the ACT Science Test

“I’m very proud of the increases across the board this year on the ACT,” said NCSS Superintendent Samantha Fuhrey. “We’re not where we want to be on our college entrance exams but we are definitely heading in the right direction. Our ultimate goal is to provide a rigorous education that ensures all students are college and career ready upon graduation. ”

For more information contact on Newton County School System’s 2014 ACT results, contact Dr. Allison Jordan, Director of Testing, Research, and Evaluation at jordan.allison@newton.k12.ga.us.

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