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CCSD Class of 2021 Increases ACT Averages and Tops Nation, State

Posted On: Wednesday, October 13, 2021

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The Cherokee County School District Class of 2021 increased average ACT scores and exceeded National and State scores!
The Class scored an outstanding 23.2 average, increasing from 22.6 in 2020, and topping Georgia’s 22.6 and the Nation’s 20.3 averages on the competitive college entrance and placement examination.  The scores ranked CCSD in the top 10% in the State.  Students earn a score on a scale of 1 to 36.  The average CCSD scores by subject on the ACT used to calculate the overall composite average are: 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 of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said.  “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.”

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 CCSD, 1,476 in 2020 to 1,007; 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. 

Scores from all six of CCSD’s high schools ranked high among Georgia high schools and surpassed both the State and National averages: Cherokee HS, 23.1 (up from 22.3); Creekview HS, steady at 22.5; Etowah HS, 23 (slightly down from 23.2); River Ridge HS, 23.1 (up from 22.1); Sequoyah HS, 24.2 (up from 23.1) … and the highest average in CCSD; and Woodstock HS, 23.6 (up from 22.6). 

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. 

“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.”

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