Newton High School Principal Craig Lockhart said there is still much work to be done at NHS in regards to SAT scores.
“We are proud of the number of students who choose to take advantage of the opportunity to test,” he said. “Our scores are beginning to reflect the extra tutorial time that teachers and students have dedicated to preparing for the SAT. We know that it will take years to increase scores to a more satisfactory level, but we are committed to the task.”
In neighboring Rockdale County, Salem High School had 188 students taking the SATs, scoring a 449 on critical reading, a 428 on math and a 429 on writing. Rockdale High School had 284 students taking the SATs, scoring a 458 on critical reading, a 454 on math and a 441 on writing. Correct numbers for Heritage High School were not available as of press time.
In Walton County, there were 223 students at Loganville High School who took the SATs, scoring a 465 in critical reading, a 469 in math and a 445 in writing. At Monroe Area High School, there were 130 test takers, scoring a 427 on critical reading, a 425 on math and a 420 in writing. Finally, at Walnut Grove High School, there were 172 test takers, scoring a 465 on both critical reading and math and a 453 in writing.
In a statement on the SATs, State School Superintendent John Barge said, “We jumped ahead of several states in our overall score, even as we saw our participation rate continue to increase.”
Each section of the SAT is scored on a scale of 200-800. The highest score possible is a 2400. It is designed to test the subject matter learned by students in high school and the critical thinking skills necessary to succeed in college.