SAT scores in­crease in county

The Covington News - - Front page - AM­BER PITTMAN apittman@cov­

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.

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