02 Nov Buckhead, Brookhaven, Sandy Springs, Vinings high schools’ SAT scores improve
Local high schools and their school districts saw improved results in the 2018 Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) scores released Oct. 25 by the Georgia Department of Education and the College Board, the organization that administers the SAT. But some districts and schools still lag behind the state average.
Only half of the four local school districts (Cobb and Fulton counties) scored above the state average of 1054, and four of the six local schools (Campbell, Chamblee, North Atlanta and North Springs) scored above the state average. A perfect score is 1600.
Chamblee led the way with a score of 1172, 174 points above the DeKalb district score. Sandy Springs’ North Springs followed with a score of 1102, 11 points above the Fulton district score. Buckhead’s North Atlanta was next with a score of 1085, 88 points higher than the Atlanta district.
Sandy Springs’ Riverwood had a score of 1070, 21 points below the Fulton district. Smyrna’s Campbell, which serves Vinings students, had a score of 1057, 50 points below the Cobb district. Brookhaven’s Cross Keys rounded out the group with a score of 962, 36 points lower than the DeKalb County district.
But all four local school districts saw their scores rise compared to 2017, and all six local schools’ scores increased compared to last year.
The Fulton district increased its total average score in evidence-based reading and writing and math to 1091 this year, compared to 1051 in 2017. The state and national scores for public schools were 1054 and 1049, respectively. A perfect score is 1600.
There also was improvement in individual school performance. Fourteen of the district’s 18 high schools increased their total scores, with 10 reporting gains of 10 or more points. Fulton also saw an increase in the number of students taking the SAT in 2018. The total number of test takers in Fulton was 5,411 in 2018, compared to 4,110 in 2017.
With the Atlanta district, which saw its overall average increase by five points to 997, the number of graduates taking the SAT and ACT has been steadily increasing over the past four years. An additional 250 students taking the SAT in 2018 for a total of 1,382 and 52 more graduates taking the ACT for a total of 1,753 when compared to the number of test takers in 2017.
“I continue to be encouraged by the academic gains our students are making across a number of academic performance measures,” Superintendent Meria Carstarphen said in a news release. “We’re seeing a slight improvement on SAT scores since last year, and although there was a 0.3-point decline on the ACT, we’re still seeing gains across subgroups since 2014.”
On the state level, Georgia public-school students’ overall mean score went up by four points to 1054, five points higher than the national mean of 1049. Increases in participation are often accompanied by a slight decrease in scores, but the state’s improvements took place even as more students took the SAT. Sixty-six percent of Georgia’s public-school class of 2018 took the SAT during high school, compared to 59 percent of the class of 2017.
Editor’s note:The following is a list of 2017 and 2018 SAT scores for local school districts and high schools. Atlanta Classical Academy is not included in the list because 15 or less seniors took the test, which is not enough for the school to be counted with other schools by the state.
School 2018 2017
Georgia 1054 1050
Atlanta Public Schools
Cobb County Schools
District 1107 1088
Campbell 1057 1045
DeKalb County Schools
Chamblee 1172 1131
Fulton County Schools
District 1091 1051
Riverwood 1070 1058
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