SAT scores increase in county
Overall results below state and nation
Students taking the SATs in Newton County have once again shown an increase, outpacing the state in reading and writing.
Two of the three Newton County high schools (Alcovy and Eastside) along with the county as a whole, the state and the nation increased in the number of test takers in 2012. Newton showed a slight decline, with 11 less students taking the test than last year.
Alcovy had an increase of 18 and Eastside of 26. The school system had 32 more students total, while the state had 677 and the nation 17,356.
Numbers increased in critical reading scores at Eastside (+8), Newton (+15), the NCSS (+6) and the state (+3). They decreased at Alcovy (-10) and the nation (-1).
Math scores increased at Eastside (+12), Newton (+4) and the state (+2), remained the same at the nationwide level and decreased at Alcovy (-12).
Finally, in writing, Newton scores increased at Alcovy (+2), Eastside (+4), Newton (+5), the county (+5) and the state (+2), decreased nationwide (-1).
“Overall, we’re pleased that the scores are up for each subject tested on the SAT for the district as a whole,” said NCSS Superintendent Gary Mathews. “Indeed, our increases last year outpaced that of the state and nation in reading and writing and equaled that in math. That said, as I’ve noted previously, the system has a ways to go on this college admissions test. The lag we see was not born overnight and will take years of further progress to overcome.”
Although the district showed gains from last year in all categories, scores in the county were below that of the state and the nation in all categories.