From Coweta County Schools Press Release
The Coweta County School System’s average score on the SAT was 1079 among 2017 graduates, placing the system 19 points above the national average and 29 points above the state average on the college entrance exam.
This was the first year of reporting for the newly-reformatted SAT. The reporting shows test results for 2017 graduates on the SAT’s new Math and Evidence-Based Reading and Writing tests sections, and is scaled between 400 and 1600 points.
While the new format precludes direct comparisons to last year’s results, 2017 was the third year in a row that the Coweta County School System scored higher than the state and national averages.
All three Coweta County School System high schools also outscored state and national averages on the exam. Northgate had the county best with a total average score of 1102, followed by East Coweta at 1070 and Newnan 1068. The state average is 1050 and the national average is 1060.
“Opportunities to evaluate the level of rigor in our curriculum against the state and nation are often difficult to obtain. The SAT is one such measure that allows this type of comparison,” said Coweta School System Superintendent Dr. Steve Barker.
“These positive results reflect a rigorous advanced curriculum, strong instructional delivery from our teachers, and dedicated work by our students,” said Barker. “Our community should be proud of their efforts.”
The mean scores above present data for students in the graduating class of 2017 who took the new SAT during high school. Within each assessment, test-takers are counted only once and only their latest scores are included.
Compared to state-wide results, the Coweta County School System placed 19th in average SAT score out of 170 Georgia school districts reported in 2017. That continues to place the school system in the top 12% of districts state-wide.
Individually, East Coweta, Newnan and Northgate High Schools also ranked well. East Coweta High ranked 95th (top 25% of Georgia high schools), Newnan High ranked 98th (top 26%) and Northgate High ranked 56th (top 15%) out of 386 Georgia high schools reported this year.
Georgia students overall outperformed the nation on the evidence-based reading and writing section of the SAT. This year’s results show that a higher percentage of Georgia high school students met the College Board’s College and Career Readiness Benchmark for that subject area.
Significantly more Georgia students take the SAT than the nationwide percentage – with 61% of Georgia graduates in the class of 2017 taking the SAT during high school, compared to 47% of graduates nationally.
2017 SAT results set a new baseline for future year-to-year comparisons and cannot be compared to previous results. Results from earlier reports were based on the old SAT, which was based on a different score scale and different bench marks.