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CCSD Students Continue to Top Nation

August 26, 2014

Cherokee County School District’s Class of 2014 continued to top National and State averages on the ACT, with more seniors than ever before choosing to take the challenging college entrance and placement examination.The CCSD average ACT composite (or total) score on the curriculum-based test is 22.6, increasing from 20.8 over the past decade; the National average is 21, and the State average is 20.8. The number of CCSD Class of 2014 seniors who took the ACT also climbed to 1,377 – 56% of the senior class – a rise from 1,283 and 51% the previous year.

The ACT is taken either in lieu of the SAT or in conjunction with the SAT. Students receive an ACT score reported on a scale of 1 to 36.  All CCSD Principals will review the scores with their leadership and data-management teams to determine plans to further improve students’ knowledge mastery. The scores also will be reviewed with Counselors to ensure each student is provided with guidance as to the most appropriate college entrance and placement examinations options to optimize their admission and scholarship success.

The ACT will be administered this year on September 13, October 25, December 13, February 7, April 18 and June 13 at CCSD high schools. Counselors are prepared to advise students in regard to registration and online preparation materials.

“The Class of 2014 excelled in mastering the knowledge tested by the ACT despite the challenges of larger class sizes resulting from State “austerity budget cuts” and a slowly recovering Local tax digest,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Frank R. Petruzielo said. “We commend the students and their teachers, administrators, parents, volunteers and community supporters for this continued success.” “These outstanding scores echo the message of recently released State data: when CCSD students head off to college, they are doing so with an education that prepared them for its academic challenges. This new State data shows that, of the CCSD students who graduated between 2007-2012 and went on to attend a state college or university (just over 6,200 students), 88 percent did not need a single remedial class,” he added. “We are dedicated to the progress of every student to ensure they each master the knowledge and skills needed to succeed after graduation… as they pursue higher education and as they begin their careers!” Dr. Petruzielo said.

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