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Southwest Georgia seeing lower test scores

Students in Southwest Georgia are taking the A.C.T. and S.A.T. less.Photo: Kailey McCarthy

According to the Department of Education, Georgia students have continued to show improvement on the A.C.T. standardized test in 2017.

Georgia student's average composite score rose from 21.1 in 2016 to 21.4 in 2017.

School districts in Southwest Georgia aren't seeing the same composite numbers.

The Dougherty County composite score as a district is 18.1. According to Public Information Officer, JD Sumner, less students are taking the A.C.T. and S.A.T.. Instead, more and more students are participating in Dual Enrollment.

According to Sumner, about 250 students take the A.C.T. per year. Currently, 1,000 students are participating in Dual Enrollment programs across the district.

Dual Enrollment allows students to take college courses while they are still in High School.

"I imagine this time next year when we get the data from this past school year that fewer students are taking the S.A.T. and A.C.T. and more are taking the Acuplacer to get into Dual Enrollment."

According to Sumner, the current composite A.C.T. score is up in comparison to three years ago.

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