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According to data released by the College Board, Newton County School System (NCSS) students like their statewide peers, increased scores across the board on the 2012 SAT. The school system’s 2012 average scores increased six points in Critical Reading, two points in Math, and five points in Writing over 2011 test takers. Likewise, Georgia’s average scores increased as follows: three points in reading, two points in math, and two points in writing.  Unlike the district and state, national scores decreased four points in reading and one point in writing. The national math score remained unchanged in 2012. Although the district posted gains in all categories, Newton County’s system scores were below the state and nation in all categories on the 2012 SAT.

 SAT RESULTS for the Senior Class of 2012


# Test Takers

Critical Reading




 200 (+18)

445 (-10)

428 (-12)

434 (+2)


 190 (+26)

489 (+8)

470 (+12)

470 (+4)


 214 (-11)

443 (+15)

430 (+4)

427 (+5)


 605 (+32)

458 (+6)

442 (+2)

443 (+5)


 73,187 (+677)

488 (+3)

489 (+2)

475 (+2)


 1,664,479 (+17,356)

496 (-1)

514 (=)

488 (-1)

*Number inparenthesis indicates change over preceding year.

“Overall, we’re pleased that scores are up for each subject tested on the SAT for the district as a whole,” said Gary Mathews, Superintendent for Newton County Schools. “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.”

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 (AHS) scores dropped in two of the three testing categories in 2012. Reading scores dropped 10 points and math scores decreased by 12 points. The school did post a two point increase on the writing portion of the SAT.

Eastside High School posted gains in all three testing categories in 2012.  The reading score increased eight points while math and writing saw 12 and four point decreases respectively.  

As with Eastside, Newton High School also posted significant gains in all three testing categories of the 2012 SAT. Reading scores increased by 15 points and while math and writing scores increased by four and five points respectively.

For more information on the NCSS SAT scores, please contact Dr. Carl Skinner, Director of Testing, Research, and Evaluation at