Fulton County schools report rise in ACT score

Fulton County students in 2015 had a composite score of 22.9 on the ACT college entrance exam, a slight increase over last year’s score of 22.6, according to results released this week.

Fulton’s score is higher than the state as well as the national score of 21.

Participation was at an all-time high of 3,744 students, or nearly 60 percent of Fulton’s graduating class of 2015.

“Our strategic plan sets the goal for our students to be college and career ready, and these ACT results are one measure of how well we’re doing,” said Kenneth Zeff, Fulton’s interim superintendent. “We continue to see high levels of success while growing achievement throughout our district. I’m pleased to see our results demonstrate real progress.”

Similar to the SAT, the ACT is commonly used for college admission and placement. It measures English, math, reading and science proficiency, 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.