NCSS re­leases SAT re­sults for class of 2013

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The Newton County School Sys­tem has re­ceived the 2013 SAT re­sults re­leased by the Col­lege Board. The school sys­tem’s 2013 av­er­age scores de­creased four points in crit­i­cal read­ing, seven points in math, and five points in writ­ing com­pared to 2012 test-tak­ers. Ge­or­gia’s av­er­age scores in­creased two points in read­ing, de­creased two points in math and re­mained the same on the writ­ing test in 2013. Na­tional av­er­ages re­mained un­changed in 2013.

The SAT is a na­tional col­lege en­trance exam some col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties uti­lize to mea­sure crit­i­cal think­ing skills stu­dents need for aca­demic suc­cess in col­lege. The SAT as­sesses how well stu­dents an­a­lyze and solve prob­lems. It is typ­i­cally taken by high school ju­niors and se­niors.

Each sec­tion of the SAT is scored on a scale of 200—800, with two Writ­ing sub-scores for mul­ti­ple-choice and the es­say. It is ad­min­is­tered seven times a year in the U.S., Puerto Rico, and U.S. Ter­ri­to­ries, and six times a year over­seas. Stu­dents may take the test mul­ti­ple times over mul­ti­ple years. Col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties will use for ad­mis­sion pur­poses the high­est score from a test­ing cat­e­gory; re­gard­less of how many times the stu­dent has taken the test. The Col­lege Board, how­ever, only re­ports col­lec­tively the most re­cent scores achieved by stu­dents. At the school level, Al­covy High School saw de­creased scores in 2013. Read­ing scores de­creased by 10 points and both math and writ­ing scores saw a 9-point de­crease. The school did see an in­crease in the num­ber of test-tak­ers in 2013.

Eastside High School also saw a de­crease in scores across the board in 2013. The read­ing score de­creased by 10 points, math dropped 13 points, and writ­ing saw a four-point de­crease. The school had slightly less test-tak­ers in 2013. Newton High School posted gains on two of the three por­tions of the SAT in 2013. The school posted a 10-point gain in read­ing and a five-point gain in math in 2013. The school’s writ­ing scored dipped one point un­der the pre­vi­ous year’s score. Newton ex­pe­ri­enced a de­crease in the num­ber of test-tak­ers in 2013.

“While we are pleased with the im­prove­ments ex­pe­ri­enced at Newton High School, there is much work to be done to im­prove our over­all per­for­mance,” said Newton County School Su­per­in­ten­dent Sa­man­tha Fuhrey. “The SAT re­sults re­flect the col­lec­tive ef­forts of a school sys­tem’s ele­men­tary, mid­dle and high schools. It takes strate­gic plan­ning, con­tin­u­ous re­flec­tion and com­mu­nity en­gage­ment and sup­port to de­velop a well-de­signed plan that leads to im­proved re­sults. Our goal is to en­sure all stu­dents are col­lege­and ca­reer-ready, en­abling them to have choices be­yond grad­u­a­tion.”

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