Students set ACT record
System's highest-ever composite score earned

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett County Public Schools students have set a record for the system's highest-ever composite score on the ACT, a curriculum-based test designed to measure college preparedness, officials announced Wednesday.

Gwinnett's average composite score of 22.2 out of a possible 36 points is also higher than the state's average of 20.6 points and the national average of 21.1 points, a news release states.

Gwinnett's composite scores fell slightly from 2002 to 2005, when the average score was 21.2 points. Since 2006, the county's scores have been rising. Last year, the district's average score was 21.8.

Additionally, more Gwinnett students took the ACT during the 2007-08 school year than ever before, and the average scores on the individual tests also rose, the news release states.

"(The) results are a direct reflection of the great teaching and learning that occurs in our high schools," said Jorge Quintana, the school district's spokesman. "Our teachers truly care about our students, and are committed to preparing them for a bright and successful future."

In Georgia, high school seniors made gains on the ACT, even as the national average for the college readiness exam fell.

The state's composite ACT score rose to 20.6 in 2008, up from 20.3 in 2007. Nationally, the number fell to 21.1, down from 21.2 last year. Georgia's scores increased in every subject area tested by the ACT and the state moved up three spots to 41st, up from 44 in 2007 and 47 in 2002.

Gwinnett, Cobb and Fulton counties led the state in schools with the highest scores, as each school district had at least five schools with scores above 22.