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Cobb Students Outperform Peers on the ACT for 11 Straight Years

Ten Students Achieve Perfect Scores



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For the 11th straight year, Cobb County School District students achieved record-high scores on the ACT college entrance exam. The class of 2016 scored nearly two points higher than students nationally. In addition, 10 students in five Cobb County schools attained perfect scores.

“Cobb students continue to outperform their state and national peers,” said Superintendent Chris Ragsdale. “This success is a direct result of the team of educators working hard each day to provide rigorous learning opportunities in our classrooms.” Read more


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For the 11th straight year, Cobb County School District students achieved record-high scores on the ACT college entrance exam. The class of 2016 scored nearly two points higher than students nationally. In addition, 10 students in five Cobb County schools attained perfect scores.

“Cobb students continue to outperform their state and national peers,” said Superintendent Chris Ragsdale. “This success is a direct result of the team of educators working hard each day to provide rigorous learning opportunities in our classrooms.”

The district’s average score of 22.6 is 1.8 points higher than the national average of 20.8 and the state average of 21.1.

The CCSD schools with students who scored a perfect 36 points on the ACT include:  Campbell High School (1), Kell High School (1), Kennesaw Mountain School (1), Walton High School (5), and Wheeler High School (2).  All of those students graduated last spring.

“Our teachers collaborate consistently to provide relevant and rigorous instruction that prepares our students to achieve at the highest level.  This was an outstanding senior class that participated in honors, AP, and IB (International Baccalaureate) curricula,” said Dr. Jeanne Walker, Campbell High School principal.

Ten of the district’s 16 high schools posted average ACT composite scores higher than the state and national average.

Nearly 57% of all 2016 the district’s nearly 4,300 graduating seniors took the ACT in either their sophomore, junior, or senior years.

Walton High School had the highest average score in the district at 26.6 points. At Pope High School, the average score of 25.2 is the second highest in Cobb County schools.

“Walton has a rigorous curriculum in all classes.  There are high goals set for each student in each class.  We have an excellent faculty that helps students meet those goals, and we always appreciate the parents’ support,” said Walton High School Principal, Judith McNeill.

The ACT college results show that a high percentage of Cobb graduates are prepared for college-level work.

“We’ve seen an increase in our test scores across the board over the past several years, and that is attributed to what our teachers are doing in the classroom. The teachers are doing an amazing job in the classroom every day. We have partnered with some businesses in our community who have provided support and given our students opportunities for standardized test resources,” said Principal Robert Downs of Pope High School. 

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The Cobb County School System is the second largest school system in Georgia and the 24th largest district in the nation. It serves 112,000 students, 114 schools, including 67 elementary schools, 25 middle schools, 16 high schools, two charter schools, two special education centers, one adult education center and one performing learning center. Our vision is One Team, One Goal: Student Success.


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