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News

 

September 3, 2015

 

Group

Test Takers

Reading

Math

Writing

Composite

Alcovy High

254

443

426

436

1305

Eastside High

153

485

469

471

1425

Newton High

201

442

433

426

1301

NCSS

608

453

439

441

1333

Georgia

72,898

490

485

475

1450

USA

1,698,521

495

511

484

1490

Alcovy and Eastside High School both posted gains on their SAT scores according to the College Board’s national report released this morning. This marks the second year in a row the two schools showed gains in multiple subjects. Newton High School’s scores decreased in 2015. Newton County School System’s overall scores decreased by five points in reading, three points in math, and five points in writing, resulting in a 12-point drop on the district’s composite score this year.  While Georgia’s scores rose in every category but math, where the average score remained the same, national scores decreased across the board.

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’s scores remained the same in reading and increased by two points in math and five points in writing, resulting in a seven point increase on the school’s composite score. This marks the second consecutive year Alcovy has posted significant gains on the SAT. Last year their scores increased in every subject area as well as the composite.

Just like last year, Eastside High School students once again posted increased scores in every category of the SAT. The school’s reading score increased three points and math and writing both saw one-point increases as well. As a result, the school’s composite score jumped five more points in 2015.

Newton High School’s scores, unfortunately, declined in 2015, with reading dropping ten points, math declining by five points, and writing decreasing by 15 points this year. As a result, the school’s composite score saw a thirty-point drop this year.

“Congratulations to both Alcovy and Eastside High Schools for the increase in their SAT scores again this year,” said Samantha Fuhrey, NCSS Superintendent. “Their results are a reflection of the hard work and focus that is required of our teachers and leaders in our system’s college and career ready plan. The Newton County School System’s plan incorporates the work and efforts at all grade levels, as improvement in SAT scores begins in kindergarten.  Improving student outcomes takes a combination of high expectations of our students and staff, rigorous coursework in all grade levels, the daily utilization of highly effective teaching practices, and the commitment of our students to place a high importance on their education.  It is also important for students to have support from parents and family to reinforce the value of their education.”

Fuhrey added, “Newton High School’s results declined this year; we are reviewing the results to identify the causes of the decreases. It is imperative that we do everything in our power to ensure that every child in our school district who wants to pursue a college education is prepared to do so with success.  Our overall SAT results indicate what we already know—we aren’t there yet!  Our teachers, leaders and district staff will continue to focus on the work to be done as we strive to improve our achievement results.”

For more information on Newton County’s 2015 SAT results, contact Dr. Allison Jordan, Director of Testing for Newton County Schools, at jordan.allison@newton.k12.ga.us.

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