Cobb County schools see slight increase on ACT score

Cobb County students in 2014 had a composite score of 22.2 on the ACT college entrance exam, one tenth of a point higher than last year’s score, according to results released this week.

Cobb’s score is higher than the state – which is 20.8 – as well as the national score of 21.

“I am very proud of our students for continuing to excel on the ACT,” said Superintendent Chris Ragsdale in a released statement. “Our students showed improvement in three of four subject areas, and continued to surpass their peers at the state and national levels. More and more Cobb students are taking the ACT, and it is unusual to see scores increase at the same time the percentage of test-takers increases.

“Of course, we plan to study the data carefully, school by school, to determine where improvements may be targeted.”

Similar to the SAT, the ACT is commonly used for college admission and placement. It measures English, math, reading and science proficiency, with an optional writing section, whereas the SAT measures math, reading and writing.

Scored on a scale of 1 to 36, with 36 being the highest possible score, the ACT is taken voluntary by students throughout the year.