COVINGTON, Ga. — When it comes to standardized test scores — specifically the ACT, in this case — Eastside High School stands out nationally.
The Georgia Department of Education released school-level ACT scores for the 2021-22 school year for the Newton County school system, and Eastside not only topped the district and region, but also the nation in all categories.
The ACT differs from the SAT in that it is a curriculum-based multiple-choice test that assesses students in English, math, reading, and science, while the SAT measures thinking skills criticism, analysis and problem solving.
The national average for English, math, reading, science and composite scores is 19.0, 19.3, 20.4, 19.9 and 19.8 respectively. Eastside’s averages in those same categories were 19.8, 19.4, 21.3, 20.0, and 20.3, respectively.
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Alcovy finished second with average scores of 17.8, 17.9, 19.9, 18.8 and 18.8 while Newton recorded 16.3, 16.7, 17.7, 17.4 and 17 ,2.
Each NCSS high school was slightly below Georgian averages (21.0, 21.8, 22.5, 21.5, and 21.6). The composite score students receive is cumulative of the entire test and scored over a range of 0-36.
Eastside principal Jeff Cher said the numbers prove the kind of quality that fills the halls of his school every day.
“I am exceptionally proud of the performance of our students,” Cher said. “Furthermore, our staff should be commended for integrating research-based teaching practices in a strategic and purposeful manner. Our goal is continuous improvement and excellence for all students.”
NCSS Invigilator Samantha Fuhrey expressed pride in the hard work school system staff have put in to help achieve respectable numbers, with particular emphasis on Eastside’s accomplishments.
“Congratulations to our Eastside students, families, teachers and leaders,” Fuhrey said in an NCSS press release. “We are all incredibly proud of your hard work, dedication and focus. “We continue to work diligently to prepare students for life beyond high school, which for many includes post-secondary education. As such, teachers and district offices and school leaders will review the results to continue to identify opportunities for all students to experience even greater success. »
It comes just weeks after Fuhrey praised the school system for producing high school graduation rates that topped Georgia trends.