Georgia public-school students improved their performance on the SAT in 2018 and outperformed their counterparts in the nation’s public schools, recording a mean score of 1054 compared to the national mean of 1049. Even better: Our first look at local reports shows both Rome and Floyd County students did better than the state and national averages. Cartersville and Trion high schools also topped state and national averages. The local scores:
Rome: 147 students took the SAT; average score 1077.
Floyd: 145 students took the test; average score 1092.
- Armuchee High: 43 / 1133.
- Coosa High: 25 students / 1091.
- Model High: 51 students / 1074.
- Pepperell High: 26 students / 1059.
Bartow: 371 students took the test; average score 1046.
- Adairsville: 99 students / 1033.
- Cass: 137 student / 1050.
- Woodland: 135 students / 1051.
Cartersville: 132 students with an average of 1087.
Calhoun: 127 students with a score of 1041.
Gordon County: 267 students with a score of 1023.
- Gordon Central: 92 students / 1027.
- Sonaraville: 175 students / 1021.
Polk County Schools: 192 students with a score of 1010.
- Cedartown: 96 students / 1004.
- Rockmart: 96 students / 1016.
Chattooga County: 35 students with a score of 1001.
Trion High: 27 students with a score of 1079.
FROM FLOYD COUNTY SCHOOLS:
SAT scores for students in Floyd County Schools were above the state and national average on the new SAT in a report released this week by the College Board. As a system, FCS posted a total score of 1092 and is once again above the state average of 1054 and the national average of 1049. It is important to note that the 2017 SAT results set a new baseline for year-to-year comparisons. Results from earlier reports were based on the old SAT, which had a different score scale and different benchmarks. The 2017 and 2018 SAT scores are comparable, but comparisons to 2016 or earlier are not accurate.
FCS students achieved an evidence-based reading and writing score of 554 and a math score of 538. Floyd County outdistanced the state on each section of the test. The state average scored 537 on evidence-based reading and writing and 517 on the math section. FCS also topped the national average scores of 529 on evidence-based reading and writing and 520 in math.
Armuchee High had the highest score in the system among Floyd County high schools with a score of 1133. The Coosa score was also one of the highest scores in the area with a total score of 1091. All four Floyd County high schools surpassed the state and national averages.
In posting the highest score in the school system, Armuchee High students achieved scores of 569 evidence-based reading and writing and 564 in math this year. Coosa High scored 547 in evidence-based reading and writing and 544 in math. Model High had an overall score of 1074 with a 544 evidence-based reading and 530 math. Pepperell High totaled 1059, with 553 in evidence-based reading and writing and 505 in math.
To achieve consistently high SAT scores, FCS has made a number of academic enhancements over the last fourteen years. The system increased the availability of dual enrollment opportunities, advanced academic courses, and added the Honors Prep advanced academic program.
“One year’s scores are important, but looking at our results, consistency is very evident as our students have regularly performed at a high level above the state and national averages over a six-year period,” stated Dr. Jeff Wilson, superintendent of FCS. “Our focus from primary grades through high school is providing challenging academic programs to help our young people maximize their potential and ultimately reach the destination of graduation prepared for the challenges they will face the future.”
The SAT is a college entrance exam that is developed, administered and scored by the College Board. The SAT is designed to test the subject matter learned by students in high school and the critical thinking skills necessary to succeed in college. The test has two sections — evidence-based reading and writing and mathematics.
Rom STATEWIDE COMMENTS:
Increases in participation are often accompanied by a slight decrease in scores, but Georgia’s improvements took place even as more students took the SAT. Sixty-six percent of Georgia’s public-school class of 2018 took the SAT during high school, compared to 61 percent of the class of 2017.
“We are seeing historic improvements in our education outcomes here in Georgia,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. “On the SAT, which was once used to label Georgia as ‘last in the nation’ in education, Georgia’s public-school students are now beating the national average – that’s in addition to an all-time-high graduation rate and students beating the national average on the ACT as well. We have made unprecedented investments in a well-rounded, student-centered education system and we’re seeing the results of that shift. Most importantly, our students and educators have worked tirelessly, and I commend them. Every educator, student, and supporter of public education in this state should feel a deep pride in the progress our schools are making.”