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Forsyth County high schools again lead state in ACT scores
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For the fourth straight year, the Forsyth County school district had the highest ACT composite score in Georgia among county and large school districts.

The county’s five high schools in 2018 had a composite score of 24.5 out of a possible 36, well above the state (21.4) and national (20.8) scores.

Four high schools were in the top 35 of 434 high schools, led by Lambert (25.5), South Forsyth (25.3), West Forsyth (23.9) and Forsyth Central (23.7).

“FCS students, staff, parents, community and business members should all be very proud of our ACT scores,” Superintendent Jeff Bearden said in a statement. “Improving the academic, social and emotional opportunities for our children is a community focus.”

The ACT is one of two standardized tests used for college admissions in the U.S.

Meanwhile, Bearden and the district’s board of education were named finalists for the 2018 Superintendent of the Year and Governance Team of the Year awards, respectively, by the Georgia School Boards Association (GSBA), school officials announced.

Bearden is one of four finalists, along with Michael Duncan of Pike County Schools, Samantha Fuhrey of Newton County Schools and Curtis Jones of Bibb County Schools.

Forsyth County is one of 10 finalists for the governance award, along with Bleckley County Schools, Chickamauga City Schools, Dawson County Schools, Effingham County Schools, Gwinnett County Schools, Jefferson City Schools, Lumpkin County Schools, Pierce County Schools and Schley County Schools.

According to the GSBA, the governance award is presented annually to one Georgia public school district’s board of education and superintendent who have achieved all-around success in their district. The winner will be chosen by a panel of national experts and leaders in public education and announced at a conference in December.