BLOUNTVILLE — Sullivan South High School’s composite ACT score for its 2013 graduating class, 22.7, has bested Dobyns-Bennett and Science Hill high schools.
That places South among the top-scoring high schools in Tennessee and makes it the highest-scoring high school on the ACT in Northeast Tennessee.
Systemwide, Sullivan County’s average ACT score for the 2013 graduating class improved, making it higher than the state average score. At 20.1, the district’s average increased from 19.9 the previous year, Assistant Director of Teaching and Learning David Timbs said Tuesday.
The state average for 2013 was 19.3 on the assessment that measures college readiness in English, math, reading and science.
Individually, Timbs said, two Sullivan County high schools posted gains from the previous year.
As reported Tuesday, with a 2013 graduating class composite score of 22.2, Kingsport City Schools as a system trailed only Williamson County at 23.4, Maryville at 22.9 and Oak Ridge at 22.6 in ACT composite scoring. Johnson City was fifth with a composite score at 22.1.
Sullivan South High School increased its composite score from 21.8 to 22.7, with large gains in English and reading. In addition, Sullivan East High School increased its composite score above the state average. At 19.6, Sullivan East saw gains across the board, with the largest gains in English and science.
“Ours was 22.7,” South Principal Greg Harvey said Tuesday. “We’re always right there trying to carve out a niche among D-B, Science Hill and Tennessee High,” Harvey said. “Put the (South) Rebels in there.”
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