Barrow County students who took the American College Test (ACT) this year may have scored below the state and national averages for the college entrance exam, but local test takers performed at a higher level than in years past.
Possible scores range from an 11 to a 36, with an average of approximately 20, and the test is broken into four sections, English, Math, Reading and Science.
The average composite score for Georgia students this year is a 20.6 while Barrow students averaged a 19.2.
Nevertheless, those scores reflect an increase of .2 percentage points. Nationally, the average score was a 21.
Statewide results show a decline by .1 percentage point from last year’s 20.7.
Within the system, Winder Barrow High School lagged behind Apalachee High School in the Reading and Science portions of the test, with ABHS test takers a full percentage point behind AHS in reading and .3 of a percentage point in science. Science and reading, however, are the portions of the tests in which the system compositely yielded the highest results. In the areas of English and Math, the two high schools scored the same percent, which was 18.2 and 19.1, respectively.
Overall, AHS results were .2 of a percentage point higher than WBHS.
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