Thursday, October 10, 2013

SAT excellence

Congratulations to the students of Oconee County Schools!  The 2013 SAT scores are in and Oconee County is once again leading the way.  The state of Georgia boasts 180 school systems and the scores of our students placed Oconee County Schools with the 5th highest SAT achievement in the state among all districts, regardless of size, and 2nd among districts with 35,000 students or less.      

2013
SAT 2013

District
Test Takers
Critical
Reading
Mean
Math
Mean
Writing Mean
Composite Score
Forsyth County Schools
1,788
529
535
516
1580
Cherokee County School District
1,450
528
528
511
1567
Fulton County Schools
4,894
520
531
516
1567
Rome City Schools
159
523
527
512
1562
Oconee County Schools
445
524
521
509
1554
Fayette County School District
1,389
523
526
505
1554
Jefferson City Schools
121
506
527
498
1531
Decatur City Schools
185
520
512
496
1528
Floyd County Schools
154
517
502
498
1517
Cobb County School District
5,850
512
510
493
1515

In addition to our outstanding system achievement, our two high schools also received recognition, as both student bodies placed in the  top 50 out of over 450 Georgia high schools.  Oconee County High School ranked 42nd with a composite score of 1554, and North Oconee High School ranked 43rd with a composite score of 1553. 

The total SAT score of 1554 for Oconee County Schools outperformed both the state and national averages.  The state of Georgia’s average composite score was 1452 and the national average came in at 1498.  This achievement continues a trend that has seen Oconee County students outperform the state and national averages dating back to at least 2006. 

Oconee County Schools recorded its highest student SAT participation rate in 2013 as well, with a total of 445 student test takers, or an increase of 10 percent.  In 2006, OCS had 338 student test takers—marking a 25 percent increase in SAT participation rate in the last seven years.

The SAT is a college entrance exam that is developed and administered by The College Board.  It is designed to test the subject matter learned by students in high school and the critical thinking skills necessary to succeed in college.  The test has three sections—critical reading, mathematics, and writing—each worth 800 points for a highest possible score of 2400.


What are your thoughts about tests like the SAT?  How do you feel these scores impact our students and our community?  Let me know your thoughts at jbranch@oconeeschools.org.

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