County sees double digit increase in SAT scores
One year after the Georgetown County School District saw a 56-point drop in SAT scores, averages are on the rebound.
The SAT tests the knowledge of students in the areas of critical reading, math and writing where 800 in each category — or 2400 —† is a perfect score.
In Georgetown County, 285 students took the tests this year. Last year 319 were tested. When the scores from the four high schools were averaged, the district's overall score increased from 1364 last year to 1379 this year.
Overall in reading, the district's score increased from† 454 to 462; math dropped from 474 to 466; and writing jumped from 436 to 451.
Three of the county's high schools saw scores increase this year.
• Andrews High saw scores jump 59 points, from 1,267 to 1326. Reading increased from 419 to 448; Math increased from 439 to 448 and writing saw an 18 point hike from 409 to 427.
• Georgetown High saw a 48 point increase — from 1,275 to 1323 — with a 21 point increase in reading, a 3 point drop in math and a 3o point jump in writing.
• Carvers Bay High was the only school in the district to see its average score decrease. (Last year it was the only school that increased scores.)
This year the school's average dropped by 81 points from 1,338 to† 1257. In reading, the average dropped from† 445 to 422; in math scores fell from 485 to 431.† Writing scores dropped from 408 to 404.
• Waccamaw High saw scores increase 38 points from 1459 to 1497. In reading scores jumped from 484 to 495, math scores increased from 505 to 508 and writing scores increased from 470 to 494.
“With 54 percent of the class attempting the SAT exam this school term, GCSD saw an increase in the number of students taking the ACT Exam which also saw an increase in its overall performance,” said Patti Hammel, Executive Director for Student Performance and Federal Programs.
Waccamaw High School's students outpaced the state averages and were only one point lower than the national average.
“It is important to note that students may take the SAT a number of times, with the last administration being the only score that is averaged for the school/district. For many students they receive their ‘high' score in one content area on one test with the ‘high' score in another content being realized on a retake. We continue to prepare students to be college ready through the rigorous course offerings and test-taking preparations that the district provides,” Hammel said.
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