Posted: Wednesday, October 30, 2019

2019 ACT Scores Released

Greenville County Schools’ Class of 2019 earned an average ACT score of 20.0 on the ACT’s 36-point scale. The 2019 score represents a new benchmark as 2,140 fewer GCS seniors took the ACT.

Statewide, public school students recorded an average score of 18.6, compared to a national average of 20.7. The national score reflects both public and private school test-takers.

In 2018, a change in state testing gave eleventh graders students the opportunity to elect to participate in one no-cost school day test administration of the ACT, SAT, or neither exam. In previous years (2015-2017), all 11th graders participated in statewide ACT testing. Because of the change last year, the Class of 2019 participated in elective testing versus required testing.

Scores for the Class of 2019 represent a combination of two student groups: students that elected to take the test on a Saturday and students that participated in state testing. For students taking more than one administration of the ACT, the most recent set of test scores are included in the reported results.

Greenville County Schools ranks sixth out of 84 school districts in the state on the ACT composite score for graduating seniors.

Six GCS high schools exceeded the national average on the ACT: Riverside - 22.8; J. L. Mann High Academy - 22.3; Eastside - 21.6; Greenville High Academy - 21.0; Wade Hampton High - 20.9; and Mauldin High - 20.8. With an average score of 19.2, Blue Ridge High exceeded the state average.

Subject Tests

The ACT subject test with the highest average score was Reading (20.5), followed by Science (20.0), Math (19.8), and English (19.1).

Institute

Year

# Tested

English

Mathematics

Reading

Science

Composite

GCS

2018

4,867

17.7

18.6

19.3

18.9

18.7

GCS

2019

2,727

19.1

19.8

20.5

20.0

20.0

SC

2018

53,743

17.3

18.2

18.6

18.5

18.3

SC

2019

33,834

17.5

18.5

19.0

18.7

18.6

Nation

2018

1,914,817

20.2

20.5

21.3

20.7

20.8

Nation*

2019

1,782,820

20.1

20.4

21.2

20.6

20.7


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