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Rockdale students ACT scores up slightly
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Rockdale students scored slightly better this year on the American College Test (ACT) than last year, according to figures released by the Ga. Department of Education.

Rockdale County Public School students had an overall ACT composite score of 19.6 - slightly higher than last year’s score and just below the state overall average of 20.7 and the national score of 21.1.

This mirrors the slight increase in the state's average composite ACT score which went from 20.6 the previous year to 20.7 this year.

Last year, RCPS's average composite score was 19.5, about 1 point down from the year before. About 544 students took the test in 2010-2011. 

There were a total of 504 students in Rockdale who took the ACT for the 2011-2012 year.

“While we saw a slight increase in the composite score from last year, our goal is always to be above the state average,” said RCPS Superintendent Richard Autry in a released statement. “I am encouraged, however, that our content scores have slightly increased in reading and science and have shown no decrease in any subject.This is significant due to the challenges our students and teachers have been faced with such as changes in curriculum, accountability, and resource availability. We are currently taking a deeper look at the results to pinpoint areas for improvement to better prepare our students for their future.”

The ACT is a national college admissions exam which measures achievement in English, mathematics, reading and science with an optional writing component.

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