Bay District Schools ACT scores above state average for fifth year in a row

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Florida's 2019 ACT scores are out, and you could say Bay District Schools received a better than passing grade.

Bay District Schools was above the state average for ACT scores for the fifth year in a row. (WJHG/WECP)

Suzanne Farrar, the Director of Secondary Instruction for Bay District Schools, said, "For the last five years, Bay District Schools has consistently outperformed the state average for ACT scores."

The state average for ACT scores is 20.1, which is pulled from all 67 districts in Florida. Bay District's average is 21, which is an improvement from its average of 20.8 the year before.

"I thought it was significant that last year we improved even more, considering all that our students went through last year, so we were really excited to get that news," said Farrar.

Only 712 Bay Sistrict students took the test in 2019 compared to the 1,013 who tested the year before, most likely due to Hurricane Michael.

"We had double sessions, we had some schools doing 7-12 and middle schools doing 1-6, we had people in portables, we still have students in portables, so there were a lot of challenges and a lot of days lost of instruction, we were out of school for almost a month," said Farrar when talking about the struggles of last school year.

In spite of it all, district officials say they couldn't be more proud of their teachers and students for beating the state average for the fifth year in a row.

The ACT is a standardized test that measures a student's skills in five core areas: English, math, reading, science, and writing.

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