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August 24, 2016

 

  


 

Group

 

# Tested

English

Math

Reading

Science

Composite

Alcovy High

183

17.4

17.6

18.9

18.3

18.1

Eastside High

180

20.2

19.8

21.5

21.5

20.9

Newton High

322

17.5

17.1

18.8

18.2

18.0

NCSS

 

685

18.2

18.0

19.5

19.1

18.8

Georgia

 

58,073

20.7

20.6

21.8

21.0

21.1

Nation

 

2,090,342

20.1

20.6

21.3

20.8

20.8

 

Newton County School System district scores increased across the board on the 2016 ACT college entrance exam. The district also saw an increase in the number of test takers. The school system’s average score for English increased from 17.9 to 18.2 and the average Math score increased from 17.9 to 18.0 in 2016.  The district posted a large increase in Reading as well, going from 18.9 to 19.5. Science scores rose from 18.6 to 19.1. As a result, the NCSS composite score increased from 18.4 to 18.8 in 2016.

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.

Through collaborative research with postsecondary institutions nationwide, the ACT has established college readiness benchmark scores for designated courses—the minimum score needed on an ACT subject-area test to indicate a 50 percent chance of obtaining a B or higher or about a 75 percent chance of obtaining a C or higher in the corresponding credit-bearing courses, which include English Composition, Algebra, Social Science and Biology. The College Readiness Benchmark Scores are:

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

2016 SCHOOL LEVEL DATA

According to the official ACT report, Alcovy High School saw an increase in the number of test takers in 2016 and the school also posted a gain on its Reading score, going from 18.7 in 2015 to 18.9 this year. Alcovy did see a slight decrease of three tenths of one percent in Math and Science and seven tenths of one percent in English. The school’s composite score also dipped slightly, decreasing from 18.4 in 2015 to 18.1 this year.

Eastside High School not only had more test takers but also posted gains across the board on the ACT this year. The school also outperformed the nation in four categories—English, Reading, Science, and the composite! Eastside’s 1.5 percent gain in Science resulted in a score of 21.5, which outpaced the state average of 21. Eastside’s English score improved from 19.7 in 2015 to 20.2 in 2016; the school’s Reading score also increased significantly—going from 20.8 in 2015 to 21.5 this year. In addition, Eastside High School’s Math score increased by almost one full percentage point in 2016, rising from 18.9 to 19.8. Overall, Eastside’s composite score climbed from 20 to 20.9 this year.

More students took the ACT at Newton High School in 2016, and the school posted gains in all but one category this year. Newton saw the highest gains in English and Reading, with both improving by seven tenths of one percent. Newton’s English score rose from 16.8 to 17.5 and Reading increased from 18.1 to 18.8. Although the school’s Math score dipped two tenths of one percent, Newton High School posted an increase in Science, going from 17.8 to 18.2. As a result of the gains in English, Reading, and Science, Newton High School’s composite score rose from 17.6 in 2015 to 18.0 this year.

“It is fantastic news that our ACT scores have improved,” said NCSS Superintendent Samantha Fuhrey.  “Congratulations to our students, teachers, school leaders, and families!  We are working diligently to create a college-going environment beginning in our elementary schools, where foundational skills are developed.  It’s important that we start the conversation about life after graduation as early as possible; waiting until high school is too late!  Impacting students’ performance on college entrance exams requires a team effort that begins in our elementary schools and continues through middle and high school.  Parent support and engagement throughout a child’s education plays a significant role in students’ achievement and performance.”

Fuhrey added, “While our scores are not yet where we wish for them to be, our school leaders and teachers are committed to creating rigorous, engaging learning environments that prepare students for life beyond high school.  We still have a great deal of work to do, but we are well on our way!” 

For more information contact on Newton County School System’s 2016 ACT results, contact Dr. Allison Jordan, Director of Testing, Research, and Evaluation at jordan.allison@newton.k12.ga.us.

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