Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Congratulations to the students of Oconee County Schools!

Congratulations to the students of Oconee County Schools!  The 2015 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 2nd  highest SAT achievement in the state.  This composite score reflects a 15- point increase over 2014.


2015
SAT 2015

District
Test Takers
Critical
Reading
Mean
Math
Mean
Writing Mean
Composite Score
Decatur City Schools
216
540
527
514
1581
Oconee County Schools
450
533
529
518
1580
Forsyth County Schools
2,155
529
534
514
1577
Jefferson City Schools
120
519
532
512
1563
Cherokee County School District
1,481
525
528
507
1560
Fulton County Schools
4,899
518
525
515
1558
Trion City Schools
30
504
525
509
1538
Fayette County School District
1,309
518
520
499
1537
Buford City Schools
204
510
516
498
1524
Walker County
42
517
514
490
1521


In addition to OCS’ outstanding system achievement, our two high schools also received recognition as both student bodies placed in the top 40 out of over 450 Georgia high schools.  Oconee County High School ranked 23rd with a composite score of 1611 and North Oconee High School ranked 39th with a composite score of 1558.

The total SAT score of 1580 for Oconee County Schools outperformed both the state and national averages and was an increase of 15 points over last year.  The state’s average composite score was 1450, up five points from 2014,  and the national average came in at 1490, down seven points.  This achievement comparison continues a trend that has seen Oconee County students outperform the state and national averages dating back to at least 2006.

A review of subject area testing finds Oconee County Schools with the number one writing score (518), the number two reading score (533), and the third-highest math score (529) in the state.  State averages for writing (475) increased by three points, critical reading (490) increased by two points, and math (485) remained constant, according to a news release from the Georgia Department of Education. Nationally, the mean scores for critical reading and math each dropped two points, and the mean score for writing dropped three points.

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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