Thursday, November 20, 2014

Passing the test (and then some)

Congratulations to the students of Oconee County Schools!  The 2014 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 with the 4th highest SAT achievement in the state.  This composite score reflects an eleven point increase over 2013. 

2014
SAT 2014

District
Test Takers
Critical
Reading
Mean
Math
Mean
Writing Mean
Composite Score
Decatur City Schools
183
540
526
517
1583
Forsyth County Schools
1,946
527
532
509
1568
Fulton County Schools
4,996
520
530
517
1567
Oconee County Schools
392
534
518
513
1565
Cherokee County School District
1,494
527
529
507
1563
Fayette County School District
1,360
528
528
505
1561
Trion City Schools
31
527
517
511
1555
Jefferson City Schools
117
517
520
500
1537
Putnam County Schools
18
517
508
499
1524
Cobb County School District
5,817
512
509
494
1515

In addition to OCS’ 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.  North Oconee High School ranked 25th with a composite score of 1593 and Oconee County High School ranked 44th with a composite score of 1539. 

The total SAT score of 1565 for Oconee County Schools outperformed both the state and national averages.  The state of Georgia’s average composite score was 1445, down 7 points from 2013,  and the national average came in at 1497, down one point.  This acheivement comparison continues a trend that has seen Oconee County students outperform the state and national average dating back to at least 2006. 

A review of subject area testing finds Oconee County Schools with the second highest critical reading (534) and writing (513) scores in the state, and the seventh highest math score (518).  State averages for math (485) and critical reading (488) dropped by two points, according to a news release from the Georgia Department of Education. In writing, scores dropped by three points to 472.

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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