The Covington News - - Opin­ion -

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.

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