Georgia maintained its lead nationally, again beating the national composite average score, which dropped a tenth of a point to 20.7.
How metro Atlanta students scored:
The state’s relatively high score is likely due in part to the lower test participation rate, since scores tend to drop as more students are tested. This year, ACT recommended only comparing scores between states with the same testing rate.
Rhode Island, for instance, had the highest score — 24.7 — but with a 12% testing rate. Mississippi had the lowest score at 18.4, but a 100% testing rate. In Minnesota, where 95% took the test, the average score was the same as Georgia’s.