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For Immediate Release
For more information contact:
August 29, 2012
Jay Dillon (770) 426-3345

Cobb Graduates Top National Averages
In All Subject Areas of 2012 ACT

Recently released results for the ACT show graduates from Cobb’s Class of 2012 are better prepared for the rigor of college studies than their peers across the state or nation. While Cobb’s six-year trend of rising composite scores came to an end, last year’s seniors still managed to post a composite score of 22.2, 1.5 points higher than their Georgia peers (20.7) and one point higher than the national average (21.1). The results mark the seventh consecutive year in which Cobb graduates have bested national averages in all four subject areas tested: English, Math, Reading and Science (See Table I).

The ACT assessment measures high school students’ overall educational development and their preparedness for core college classes. Students taking more rigorous classes in science or math tend to have higher ACT scores, further emphasizing the value of enrollment in advanced coursework. For example, Cobb students who participated in a high school math course sequence that included Algebra I and II, Geometry, Trigonometry, and Calculus posted scores more than five points higher than students with fewer than three years of math. Similarly, students taking advanced science classes scored over two points higher than those taking less than three years of science. (See Table II).

ACT performance data also indicates that specific student groups are making measurable progress in closing the achievement gap. From 2007 to 2011, composite scores for African-American students increased from 18.1 to 18.9 and Asian students’ scores grew from 23.1 to 25.2.  Multi-ethnic students increased from 22.0 to 22.9 in 2012, and over five years have seen composite scores jump 2.5 points. The average composite score for white students held essentially steady, decreasing one-tenth of a point from 24.2 in 2011 to 24.1 in 2012.

“The performance on the ACT clearly shows our students are well-prepared for college-level work and can compete with students from anywhere in the country,” said Superintendent Dr. Michael Hinojosa. “I am also pleased to see the increase in performance of student groups. One of our strategic goals is to narrow the achievement gap among student groups, and the ACT results show four of the six groups with higher composite scores. That’s a clear indicator we are making progress.”

Ten of Cobb’s 16 high schools posted average composite scores higher than the national average. (See Table III). Results reflect the performance of 3,571 Cobb high school seniors (50 percent of all 2011-2012 graduates) who took the ACT voluntarily in either their sophomore, junior or senior year. Scores for individual Cobb high schools can be found in Table III. ACT scores and data from previous years are available on the District website at www.cobbk12.org.

Additionally, along with this press release the district is providing a supplementary document provided by the ACT that shows “The Condition of College & Career Readiness 2012". This document provides a wealth of information about this year’s ACT results and how different groups of students performed in Georgia. It also provides a breakdown of scores for all 50 states.

Click here to view the complete release, with data tables.

ACT Georgia - The Condition of College & Career Readiness 2012

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