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For 3rd Year in a Row, Georgia Students Exceed National Average on ACT

Georgia Department of Education

For the third year in a row, Georgia students have surpassed the national average on the ACT. They outperform the nation in English, reading, science, math and overall composite.

Georgia’s average composite score of 21.4 was higher than the national average of 20.8.

2018 ACT results also brought positive news in the area of equity, as students in Georgia’s two largest minority groups significantly outperformed their counterparts nationally.

The average composite score for black/African American students in Georgia was 18.0, compared to 16.9 nationally. For Hispanic/Latino students in Georgia, the average composite score was 20.4, compared to 18.8 nationally.

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