With 37 students tested in 2008, Banks County High School saw a slight drop in ACT scores. With a composite score of 18.6 on a scale of zero to a high score of 26, BCHS saw a decrease of 1.1 points over last year.
The ACT is a curriculum-based achievement test used to measure “college readiness and preparation.” The test includes English, reading, math and science exams for a composite score, as well as an optional writing segment.
Overall, high schools in Georgia saw improved ACT scores in 2008, even as the national average decreased, according to a report from the Georgia Department of Education.
Georgia’s composite score was 20.6 in 2008, up from 20.3 in 2007. The national score was 21.1 in 2008, down by .1. Georgia students saw improvements in all testing areas, and the state now ranks 41st.
State school superintendent Kathy Cox attributes the state’s overall improved scores to new state curriculum, particularly in math.
See the accompanying chart for a comparison of area schools.