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Here’s how Muscogee County high schools did on 2017 ACT

Muscogee County Public Education Center
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Carver High School leads Muscogee County School District’s nine high schools in overall improvement on the ACT college entrance exam during the past year.

Carver increased its composite score by 0.7 points, from 16.6 in 2016 to 17.3 in 2017, according the data released by the Georgia Department of Education. The scores for each of the ACT subject tests (English, math, reading and science) haven’t been released.

In an emailed interview Friday, Carver principal Chris Lindsey told the Ledger-Enquirer, “Our reaction is a smile of validation. Last year, we implemented a series of professional learning for our teachers. This professional learning was geared towards creating rigorous classrooms and independent student thinkers. This professional learning has had a positive impact on both our teachers and our students.”

It’s part of Carver’s continuing effort to “move away from a teacher-centered classroom to a student-centered instructional environment,” Lindsey said. Such an approach “creates a positive learning environment within our building,” he said.

Lindsey added, “All change takes time, but it is things like this that let us know that we are going down the right path.”

Columbus High School, a total magnet school without an attendance zone and drawing all of its students from across the county, continues to be the only MCSD high school with an average ACT composite score higher than the state and national averages. Columbus also continues to be the only high school outside metro Atlanta to rank among the top 10 in Georgia on the ACT.

Columbus improved from No. 8 in Georgia in 2016 to tie Pope High School of Cobb County for the sixth-highest score in the state with a 25.6 in 2017. Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology is ranked No. 1 with a 29.4. In fact, Lakeside High School (25.0) of Columbia County and Savannah Arts Academy (24.7) of Chatham County are the only other schools in the state’s top 20 outside of metro Atlanta, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s compilation.

The maximum ACT score is 36.

ACT RESULTS

Muscogee County School District high school composite scores on the ACT college entrance exam:

School

2016

2017

+/-

Carver

16.6

17.3

+0.7

Columbus

25.5

25.6

+0.1

Early College

NA

NA

NA

Hardaway

18.3

18.3

0

Jordan

17.0

16.9

-0.1

Kendrick

15.7

15.7

0

Northside

20.5

20.4

-0.1

Shaw

17.8

17.9

+0.1

Spencer

17.3

17.1

-0.2

MCSD average

19.4

19.7

+0.3

Georgia average

21.1

21.4

+0.3

National average

20.8

21.0

+0.2

Note: For the second straight year, Early College Academy of Columbus isn’t in the GaDOE’s spreadsheet of ACT scores because it again had less than 15 students take the ACT, meaning too few to report. Early College’s average ACT was 18.2 in 2015.

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