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Area Public School SAT Scores Fall
Friday, 04 October 2013

October 4--  Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) scores in area public schools are down this year and are well below the state average.

The state average SAT score is 1,452 points, the same as last year.  However, among ten area high schools, the average is 1,353 points, or 99 points less than the state average. The national average is 1,498 points.

In area rankings, Jeff Davis High School is first with 1,402 points, Vidalia High School is second with 1,379, Treutlen is third with 1,373, Montgomery County High School is fourth with 1,361, Toombs County High School is fifth with 1,359 points, Tattnall County High School is sixth with 1,353. Metter High School is seventh with 1,352, Appling County High School comes in eighth with 1,337, ninth place goes to Swainsboro High School with 1,312 and Wheeler County High School is tenth with 1,304 points.

Vidalia High School principal John Sharpe says one bright spot is the success of students who are taking the most difficult courses.  Of the 82 VHS students who took the test, those in rigorouse courses did well.

"We're not happy with the overall test scores and we'd like to see them go up.  We're having more and more students take the SAT and those who take the most rigorous courses, the honors and advanced placement classes, are really excelling and exceeding the national average.  Those are the classes which really gear you up for success at the college level.

"Some of the other students don't have that content background that would enable them to score as well on the SAT," Sharpe notes.

Among private schools, Robert Toombs Christian Academy is well above the national and state averages with an average score of 1,628.  It's worth noting the school has only tested ten of its 20 seniors so far which is far less than the number of students tested in the public schools.

RTCA guidance counselor Mabel Williamson believes the smaller classes are an advantage to RTCA students.

"When our students go into the tracks in high school we discuss their future.  We get with them in the ninth and ten grades to prepare them for the University System or the colleges in our area.

"Our English teachers are very aware of the skills which are needed for these students in college.  Our math department tries to drive these students to the math skills they need for success in college.

"We also offer an elective for one semester which helps students prepare for going into a testing environment and I think that helps also," she says.

High School

#Tested

Reading

Math

Writing

Total

RTCA

10

532

538

559

1628

Jeff Davis

59

484

466

472

1402

Vidalia

82

468

466

445

1379

Treutlen

27

466

454

453

1373

Montgomery

23

467

444

450

1361

Toombs

51

465

459

435

1359

Tattnall

105

458

452

443

1353

Metter

58

450

456

446

1352

Appling

95

455

434

448

1337

Swainsboro

52

437

445

430

1312

Wheeler

34

454

434

416

1304

 

 
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