Whether it is the SAT or ACT, students in Cobb Schools routinely post higher scores than their peers across the state and nation. Last year, Cobb students beat the ACT national average by 2.6 points and the Georgia average by 1.5 points. Cobb's Class of 2020 revealed that even a pandemic couldn't stop progress in Cobb County. The average composite score of the 3,276 Cobb students who took the ACT totaled up to 23.2, a slight increase from 2019 despite the year's challenges.
With the help of Cobb students, the state of Georgia has beaten the national ACT composite score for half a decade. The percentage of Georgia students in the class of 2020 meeting all four of ACT's College Readiness benchmarks—30 percent—was also higher than the national average of 26 percent and increased in all subject areas.
"Our students continue to show resilience and determination," praised Cobb Superintendent Chris Ragsdale. "2020 was a difficult year for many reasons, but Cobb teachers and students have continued to excel. I have the utmost appreciation for how our teachers have gone above and beyond during the pandemic, and this is another example that proves Cobb is the best place to teach, lead, and learn."
As a testament to the quality education available in Cobb Schools, Cobb students have repeatedly bested the state average and earned the second-highest score of the metropolitan area districts in 2020.
Walton had the third-highest average in the state on the ACT, with an impressive 27.4 out of a possible 36 points. Lassiter and Pope tied for second in the District with 25.9. Wheeler had the third-best average in the District with a 24.7, and Harrison and Kennesaw Mountain also cracked the 23-point mark with averages of 23.7 and 24.1, respectively.
Campbell's Principal praised her students and staff for their progress on the ACT. Campbell students raised their composite score by nearly three points in one year from 21.3 to 24.1 in 2020.
"These scores reflect the hard work of our students and teachers, even in the face of the challenges of the pandemic. The Campbell High School staff's commitment to fulfilling our vision of "Every Student Every Day" has remained steadfast,” said Dr. Jeanne Walker. “The ACT gains mirror similar improvements on other academic measures such as SAT scores, EOC scores, and graduation rate experienced at Campbell in past years."
To see the school-by-school results on the ACT in 2020, click here.