According to Assistant Superintendent Denise Burrell, who presented the Griffin-Spalding County Board of Education with the findings on Tuesday, students scored an average of 18.9 out of 36 points — an increase of more than 18.0 in 2011.
The composite average for the state of Georgia this year was 20.7 points.
An alternate to the SAT, the ACT is a college entrance exam that covers the subjects of English, reading, math and science — with writing being optional. Scores on the ACT are based on the number of questions answered correctly, and wrong answers don’t lead to a deduction from the score.
Divided by subject, local students scored highest in reading with 19.5 points, followed by science with 18.8 points, math at 18.7 points and lastly English at 18.1 points. All subject-related scores are higher this year than they were last year.
Burrell said some students in the Griffin-Spalding County School System do better on the ACT than the SAT.
“It’s because (the ACT) aligns to what is taught in high school, and it covers reading, (English), math and science instead of just reading,” she said.
The ACT also seems to have become more popular locally over the years. According to an informational memorandum from the school system, the number of students taking the test increased from 131 students in 2008 to 217 students in 2012.