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Average SAT scores flat in Georgia

Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013 10:06 AM
Last updated 8:47 PM
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ATLANTA — Georgia’s average score on this year’s SAT college entrance exam was unchanged from last year, mirroring a national trend as scores were generally stagnant from the previous year.

Nationwide, African-American students made slight gains, the College Board said Thursday.

In Georgia, the average score remained the same as last year at 1,452 out of a possible 2,400. The state had seen a seven-point increase when scores were announced in 2012.

“While we didn’t see the same gains this year that we did in 2012, I am proud that our students held their ground on the SAT,” State School Superintendent John Barge said in a statement. “We expect to see even better scores in the coming years as students become more engaged in their high school classes under our Career Pathways/Clusters initiative.”

Nationally, scores also remained about the same as the previous year. Students scored an average 496 in reading, down one point from 2011. Average math scores have remained stuck at 514 over the last three years. And the average writing score, 488, was down one point from 2011.

The top score possible on each section is 800 and the highest possible score is 2400.

A perfect score was achieved in 2013 by 494 people — less than a third of 1 percent of all test takers, according to the College Board, a nonprofit membership organization of schools and colleges that owns the exam.

Men, on average, scored better in reading and math, while women on average did better in writing.

African-American students across the country scored, on average, 431 in reading, 429 in math and 418 in writing. That’s slightly higher than the previous two years.

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Little Lamb
Little Lamb 09/26/13 - 11:38 am
Flat Trend

When your trend line flattens out, you can conclude you have done all you can do with instruction, motivation, etc. Now we know the true peak ability of Georgia's high school student scholars.

rmwhitley 09/26/13 - 01:50 pm
civil rights act of 1964,

voting rights act of 1965 and affirmative action are directly responsible for this trend. Soon, all that will be necessary to enter med school will be a hand scrawled letter from the leader of the punks on da hood. And, of course, it will barely be legible.

Dixieman 09/26/13 - 07:47 pm
So what percentiles are these?

Reporter -- please follow up with this information, which is much more meaningful than the raw scores. Is 1452 out of 2400 the 90th percentile? 50th? Wha?

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