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Columbia County school board discusses SAT scores

Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2011 1:54 PM
Last updated 8:19 PM
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While SAT scores at three of Columbia County’s public high schools barely changed compared to the previous year, two of the county’s schools are reporting scores heading in opposite directions.

Grovetown High School’s combined score increased by more than 48 points to 1412 compared with the previous year, even though the number of students taking the test more than doubled. But Harlem High, which two years ago lost much of its population to Grovetown, kept roughly the same number of test-takers yet saw a drop of 39 points to 1400.

“Our primary focus over the last two years has been to raise student awareness of what they are capable of achieving academically, as well as our great teachers giving them the tools and the mindset to accomplish these goals,” Grovetown Principal Penny Jackson wrote in an e-mail.

She also credited the new state curriculum, which she said “allows all students to be exposed to a broader range of academic areas.”

Harlem Principal Dietmar Perez said he didn’t have a specific answer for why the school’s scores dropped, with the largest decreases coming in critical reading and writing – areas where teachers are increasing their efforts, he said.

“We will have an SAT prep class as part of our after school program,” Perez said. He said the school will work on having the SAT administered at a site closer to the school rather than across the county at Evans High.

The scores were presented Tuesday night at the Columbia County Board of Education meeting.

Despite a small drop overall, “we’re still performing as a school system above state and national SAT scores,” Superintendent Charles Nagle said.

As a whole, the county’s combined score is 1505, beating the state score of 1445 and slightly ahead of the 1500 national average.

Lakeside High School continues to turn in the highest scores in the county with a combined 1601, followed by Greenbrier with 1524 and Evans with 1468.

SAT composite scores
SchoolCombined scorePrevious year
Lakside High16011602
System average15051511
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insamniac 09/13/11 - 03:21 pm
Wow. I scored over 1400 back

Wow. I scored over 1400 back when it was only a 1600 scale.

broad street narrow mind
broad street narrow mind 09/13/11 - 05:07 pm
what the what. at first i

what the what. at first i was amazed then saw the scale changed. well, at any rate, can you imagine richmond county school board discussing sat scores like this? do they? what are theirs?

Riverman1 09/13/11 - 05:27 pm
Richmond County School System

Richmond County School System officials are actually putting out that scores don't really matter. Apparently, it's on one of the TV news programs.

broad street narrow mind
broad street narrow mind 09/13/11 - 07:07 pm
well, riverman, something

well, riverman, something tells me that really believe that. did their new ipads come in ok for the administrators or whoever's getting them? those didn't seem to have much to do with sat scores so i don't see any conflict in their reasoning. i wonder what they do think does matter.

Little Lamb
Little Lamb 09/14/11 - 08:20 am
That 39 point drop is a very

That 39 point drop is a very small percentage when compared to the scale. It represents normal scatter about the mean and is statistically insignificant.

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