GCSS Beats State, National Averages on ACT

Glynn County Schools students are being well prepared for academic achievement beyond high school, according to data released recently by the Georgia Department of Education. Students in the Class of 2023 who took the ACT at any point during high school had a mean composite score of 21.5, surpassing the state score of 21.3. GCSS scores also beat the national score of 19.5. 

The multiple-choice tests cover four skill areas: English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science. An optional writing test measures skill in planning and writing a short essay.

The Georgia DOE report found that Brunswick High was slightly below the par in all subject areas compared to other schools statewide and nationally with a marginal increase in reading, whereas Glynn Academy surpassed the state and national benchmarks in all four subjects.  

“As I’ve had the occasion to say often lately – I’m incredibly proud of the class of 2023,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. “These students were high-school freshmen when the pandemic closed schools in 2020. Their education was severely impacted by the national crisis, but they have risen above and we’ve seen positive news regarding their SAT scores, graduation rate, and now ACT scores in recent weeks. These results also bring positive news in the area of literacy, with Georgia students scoring higher in reading than any other subject area. We will continue working hard to ensure every student has access to a strong education that will open doors to a successful future.”

College Readiness benchmarks are scores on the ACT subject-area tests that represent the level of achievement required for students to have a 50% chance of obtaining a B or higher, or about a 75% chance of obtaining a C or higher, in corresponding credit-bearing first-year college courses.