2018 test takers earned average composite score of 19.7

STONE MOUNTAIN, GA – The ACT composite score for DeKalb County School District (DCSD) students in 2018 was 19.7, within one point of the national average. More than 2,400 DCSD students took the test this year.

“Progress and national benchmarks are areas of emphasis for DCSD when students take college readiness exams such as the ACT exam. This year’s results demonstrate we are moving in the right direction,” said Superintendent/CEO R. Stephen Green. “A number of our schools performed exceptionally this year, and we were pleased to note that many schools saw great gains in their outcomes. We are soaring and achieving in DCSD.”

DCSD students met the ACT national benchmarks in English and English composition. A benchmark score is a minimum score needed on an ACT subject-area test to indicate a 50 percent chance of obtaining a B or higher, or about a 75 percent chance of earning a C or higher, in the corresponding credit-bearing college courses: English Composition, Algebra, Social Science, Biology and STEM.

Five DeKalb County high schools exceeded both state and national composite score averages, illustrating significant levels of student readiness for college in all content areas:

  • Chamblee Charter High School (25.1)
  • Dunwoody High School (24.3)
  • Dekalb School of the Arts (23.6)
  • Lakeside High School (23.0)
  • Dekalb Early College Academy (22.5)