Woodstock graduation 2017

In this 2017 file photo, Woodstock graduates Meagan Livingston and Logan Llano watch the big screen during the graduation procession at Woodstock First Baptist.

Cherokee County School District’s Class of 2021 seniors increased overall ACT score averages, amid sharp declines in participation numbers due to the coronavirus pandemic.

CCSD seniors who took the ACT earned an average composite score of 23.2, up from 22.6 last year and surpassing state and national averages, scores released Wednesday show.

The scores ranked CCSD no. 11 in the state, in the top 10%.

A total of 1,007 students across CCSD took the ACT, down nearly 32% from 2020. Statewide and across the U.S., schools saw fewer students taking the college entrance exam.

Due to the pandemic, many colleges and universities have temporarily waived SAT and ACT requirements, and some test dates last year were canceled.

The school district, on average, saw gains in every category of the exam: English, 22.4; math, 22.8; reading, 23.9; science, 23.3.

“Our Class of 2021 graduates yet again showed us how they overcame the pandemic’s challenges to succeed academically,” Superintendent Brian Hightower said in a statement. “We’re so proud of our students and of our teachers and staff who worked incredibly hard under unprecedented pressure to ensure every student received the best instruction and support possible.”

Students earn a score on a scale of 1 to 36.

Sequoyah High School earned the highest average composite score at 24.2, up 1.1 points from last year. Woodstock High School had an average score of 23.6, up one point from last year. Cherokee and River Ridge both reported average scores of 23.1, up 0.8 and one point from 2020, respectively. Creekview High School’s average held steady at 22.5. Etowah High School’s average composite was 23, down slightly by 0.2 from 2020.

Statewide, Georgia’s class of 2021 recorded an average composite score of 22.6, up 0.9 points from 2020. The national average was 20.3, down by 0.3 points.

“Georgia’s students continue to achieve gains on the ACT and other national exams, and I am enormously proud of them,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. “Despite the impact of the pandemic, we have seen our students, teachers, and schools display great resilience and continue to work hard and succeed.”

Reported ACT scores are based on 2021 high school graduates who took the ACT at some time from grades 10 to 12.

For more information, including district and school-level ACT scores, visit www.gadoe.org.


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