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For the fifth year in a row, Georgia students beat the national average on the ACT, with the state’s average score increasing even as the national average dropped.

Georgia’s class of 2021 recorded an average composite score of 22.6, compared to the national average of 20.3. Georgia students’ average score increased – from 21.

7 in 2020 – while the national average fell slightly, from 20.6 in 2020.

“Georgia’s students continue to achieve gains on the ACT and other national exams, and I am enormously proud of them,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. “Despite the impact of the pandemic, we have seen our students, teachers, and schools display great resilience and continue to work hard and succeed.”

Scores in each individual subject area increased and were higher than the national average.

National Georgia 2020 to 2021 State Increase
English 19.6 22.1 +0.8
Mathematics 19.9 21.9 +0.9
Reading 20.9 23.4 +0.9
Science 20.4 22.4 +0.8
Composite 20.3 22.6 +0.9

The percentage of Georgia students in the class of 2021 meeting all four of ACT’s College Readiness benchmarks – 36 percent – was also higher than the national average of 25 percent, and increased in all subject areas.

National 2020 National 2021 Georgia 2020 Georgia 2021
% met benchmarks in English 58 56 67 72
% met benchmarks in Mathematics 37 36 43 50
% met benchmarks in Reading 45 44 52 58
% met benchmarks in Science 36 35 41 48
% met all four benchmarks 26 25 30 36


College Readiness benchmarks are scores on the ACT subject-area tests that represent the level of achievement required for students to have a 50-percent chance of obtaining a B or higher, or about a 75-percent chance of obtaining a C or higher, in corresponding credit-bearing first-year college courses.

The number of students in the class of 2021 who took the ACT is down both nationally and in Georgia – from 45,913 in 2020 to 29,202 in 2021 in Georgia, and from 1,670,497 to 1,295,349 nationally. This is likely due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, including the temporary waiver of SAT/ACT score requirements for University System of Georgia admissions. While participation dropped, the demographics of participants remained stable in Georgia.

All scores are based on 2021 high school graduates who took the ACT at some time from grades 10 to 12.​

Bulloch County School District Average Scores:

  • ACT Test Takers – 105
  • Avg Eng – 19.9
  • Avg Math – 20.7
  • Avg Reading – 22.1
  • Avg Sci – 21.5
  • Avg Comp – 21.2

See average scores for each school below:

School Level ACT Summary 2021 Ga DOE

See average scores for each district in Georgia below:

District Level ACT Summary 2021 ga doe

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End the Jim Crow filibuster: Republicans rebuked after torpedoing voting rights bill

Senate Republicans on Wednesday blocked a compromise voting rights bill—the Freedom to Vote Act—sparking a deluge of criticism from Democrats and progressive groups who said it was the latest evidence of the need to get rid of, or at least reform, the filibuster.

"No Senate rule should stand in the way of the freedom to vote."

"Like clockwork, you can always count on Senate Republicans to filibuster any attempt to make our democracy functional," said Meagan Hatcher-Mays, director of democracy policy for the Indivisible Project, in a statement.

The failed procedural vote had been expected. Democrats needed 60 votes to advance the measure, but the motion received just 49; Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) changed his vote to no to be able to bring it up for a later vote.

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), who opposed the more sweeping and twice-GOP-filibustered For the People Act, helped craft the Freedom to Vote Act, which Democrats unveiled last month.

Supporters of the measure say it would provide a much-needed counter to the wave of voter suppression measures in at least 19 states. Among other provisions, the Freedom to Vote Act would ban partisan gerrymandering in congressional redistricting, make Election Day a national holiday, and enact an automatic voter registration system.

According to Stand Up America executive director Christina Harvey, "Manchin has exhausted every possible means of passing this bill on a bipartisan basis, and the American public has patiently waited while he has attempted to win support from an immovable Republican caucus."

"There is no compromise voting rights bill that will appease Senate Republicans, and today's filibuster made that clear," she said. "Senator Manchin tried. It didn't work. Now, we're out of time. The only way to pass comprehensive voting rights legislation and safeguard our freedom to vote is to end the Jim Crow filibuster."

Common Cause president Karen Hobert Flynn similarly decried the filibuster as a tool "long used to stymie civil rights legislation [that] must not be abused again to defend the new Jim Crow laws being passed across the country to make it harder to vote today—particularly in Black and Brown communities."

"We appreciate Sen. Manchin's continued outreach to his colleagues across the aisle," Hobert Flynn added, "but it has become abundantly clear that no amount of negotiating will get 10 Senate Republicans to support a comprehensive voting rights package by the time we need this to pass. No Senate rule should stand in the way of the freedom to vote, and senators must act with urgency to pass this bill."

Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, also said that action is needed in the face of "Republican-led legislatures chip[ping] away at the bedrock of our democracy."

"We applaud Senate Democrats who voted for urgently needed solutions to an unprecedented attack on voting rights. But the next step is clear," she said in a statement. "The Senate must reform, if not end, the archaic filibuster, and pass federal legislation to protect voting rights. It is the only way forward—and inaction is simply not an option."

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