Thursday, October 15, 2015

OCS students again set the pace

Congratulations to the students of Oconee County Schools!  The 2015 ACT scores were recently released and Oconee County is once again leading the way.  The state of Georgia boasts 180 school systems and the scores of our students placed Oconee County with the 2nd highest ACT achievement in the state.  This composite score reflects an increase over 2014. 

Name of School System
Graduation Year
# of Test-Takers
Average Composite Score
Rank
FORSYTH CO SCHOOL DISTRICT
2015
1716
24.1
1
CITY SCHOOLS OF DECATUR
2015
148
23.6
2
OCONEE CO SCHOOL DISTRICT
2015
334
23.6
2
FAYETTE CO SCHOOL DISTRICT
2015
1090
22.9
4
FULTON CO SCHOOL DISTRICT
2015
3744
22.9
4
BUFORD CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT
2015
126
22.7
6
CHEROKEE CO SCHOOL DISTRICT
2015
1450
22.7
6
COBB CO SCHOOL DISTRICT
2015
3988
22.5
8
COLUMBIA CO SCHOOL DISTRICT
2015
566
22.5
8
PICKENS CO SCHOOL DISTRICT
2015
64
22.3
10


In addition to OCS’ outstanding system achievement, our two high schools also received recognition as both student bodies placed in the top 40 out of over 400 Georgia high schools.  Oconee County High School ranked 29th with a composite score of 23.7 and North Oconee High School ranked 33rd with a composite score of 23.5. 

The total ACT score of 23.6 for Oconee County Schools outperformed both the state and national averages and was an increase over 2013 and 2014 scores.  The state of Georgia’s average composite score was 21.0 and the national average came in at the same level of 21.0.  This acheivement comparison continues a trend that has seen Oconee County students outperform the state and national averages in a variety of achievment measures.    

A review of subject area testing finds Oconee County Schools with increased scores in three of the four ACT areas as compared to last year’s totals.  In English, scores increased from 23.1 to 23.4; in mathematics, scores increased from 22.4 to 22.7; in science, scores increased from 23.1 to 23.4; in reading, scores decreased from a system all-time high of 24.7 to 24.4. State averages for English (20.6), mathematics (20.5), science (21.0), and reading (21.6) were all substantially below the performance of our students. 

Why do these scores matter? 

Simply stated, they can be used as predictors for future college success.  Through collaborative research with postsecondary institutions nationwide, ACT has established college readiness benchmark scores for designated college courses.  A benchmark score is the minimum score needed on an ACT subject-area test to indicate a 50 percent chance of obtaining a B or higher in the correspondening credit-bearing college course.  English composition requires a score of 18, college algebra requires a score of 22, social sciences require a score of 22, and biology requires a score of 23.  Our students’ subject area averages all exceed these benchmarks demonstrating that our students are indeed college and career ready.


What are your thoughts about tests like the ACT?  How do you feel these scores impact our students and our community?  Let me know your thoughts at jbranch@oconeeschools.org.

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