(Floyd County Schools media release):

Floyd County Schools (FCS) Class of 2021 increased average ACT scores and were competitive with National and State scores!

The Class scored an exceptional 21.5 average, increasing from 20.6 in 2020, and topping the Nation’s 20.3 averages on the competitive college entrance and placement examination. The scores ranked FCS in the top 25 districts in the State. Students earn a score on a scale of 1 to 36. The average FCS scores by subject on the ACT used to calculate the overall composite average are: English, 20.8; Math, 20.6; Reading, 22.8; Science, 21.3.

The ACT is taken in lieu of or along with the SAT, and the Class of 2021’s ACT scores follow outstanding SAT results released earlier this fall. The number of students in the Class of 2021 who took the ACT decreased locally, statewide, and nationally: in FCS, 256 in 2020 to 171; in Georgia, 45,913 in 2020 to 29,202; in the U.S., 1.6 Million in 2020 to 1.29 Million. As with the SAT participation decline, this drop is attributed to the pandemic’s impact including the University System of Georgia’s temporary waiver of SAT/ACT score requirements for admission.

“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.”

Scores from three FCS high schools ranked highest among Northwest Georgia area high schools and surpassed both the State and National averages. Overall, Georgia ranked 21st in the nation on the ACT. Georgia’s Class of 2021 average also increased scores to 22.6, up from 21.7 in 2020, as compared to the national average, which declined to 20.3, slightly down from 20.6.