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Group

Test Takers

Reading

Math

Writing

Composite

Alcovy High

219 (-30)

443 (+8)

424 (+5)

431 (+6)

1298

Eastside High

184 (-2)

482 (+3)

468 (+11)

470 (+4)

1420

Newton High

173 (+23)

452 (-1)

438 (+3)

441 (+15)

1331

NCSS

577

458 (+4)

442 (+7)

446 (+8)

1346

Georgia

73,626

488 (-2)

485 (-2)

472 (-3)

1445

USA

1,672,395

497 (+1)

513 (-1)

487 (-1)

1497

 

Newton County School System’s (NCSS) SAT scores increased across the board in 2014, with students surpassing 2013 results in reading, math, writing, and the composite scores. Overall, the district’s reading scores increased by four points and math scores rose seven points. The district’s writing test results increased by eight points in 2014. While NCSS scores increased in every category, Georgia’s scores decreased in all categories. Nationally, scores rose one point on reading but dropped one point each in math and writing.

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 Schools scores increased across the board in 2014. The school’s reading score topped last year’s score by eight points. Math scores increased by five points and writing scores increased by six points in 2014.

Eastside High School’s scores also increased in every category in 2014. The school’s reading score increased by three points while writing increased four points. The school posted its highest gain in math, which saw an 11-point increase in 2014.

Although Newton High dropped one point on the reading score, the school made up for it by posting a three point gain in math and 15-point gain writing.

“It is fantastic news that our SAT scores have improved across the board,” said Samantha Fuhrey, Superintendent of Newton County Schools.  “We are working diligently to create a college-going environment beginning in our elementary schools.  It’s important that we start the conversation about life after graduation as early as possible; waiting until high school is too late!  Impacting students’ performance on college entrance exams requires a team effort that begins in our elementary schools and continues through middle and high school.  Parent support and engagement throughout a child’s education plays a significant role as well.”

Fuhrey added, “While our scores are not where we wish for them to be, it’s important to recognize that in a time when the state and national scores declined, our students’ scores increased significantly.  We still have a great deal of work to do to ensure that we prepare our students to take college entrance exams and score at or above the state and national averages.”   

For more information on Newton County’s 2014 SAT results, contact Dr. Allison Jordan, Director of Testing for Newton County Schools, at jordan.allision@newton.k12.ga.us.

 

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