Fulton schools ACT score remains steady from previous year

Fulton County students in 2014 had a composite score of 22.6 on the ACT college entrance exam, the same score from the previous year, according to results released this week.

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

Participation in 2014 was at an all-time high of 3,602 students, an increase of 369 students from the previous year, according to Fulton school officials. About 50 percent of Fulton’s class of 2014 took the ACT.

“I’m proud that more students are taking this rigorous test and setting their sights on college,” said Fulton Superintendent Robert Avossa in a released statement. “We’re trending in the right direction, but we still have some progress to make.”

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.