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Georgia Leads the Country in Growth on National Tests

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Nov. 1, 2012
-- Georgia leads the country when looking at year-to-year growth on the most recent national tests. One-year growth on the SAT, ACT, Advanced Placement (AP), and the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) in Math, Reading and Science shows Georgia is the only state in the country to make gains on the most recent administration of each test.
 
“The progress Georgia’s students have made on these national tests is something of which we should all be very proud,” said State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge. “I get very frustrated hearing people say Georgia’s education system is so bad. We certainly have a lot of room to grow and improvements to make, but these results show that we’re moving in the right direction.”
 
Georgia’s Growth on National Assessments
 
States Making Growth on SAT (2011 to 2012):
1. Arizona
2. Colorado
3. Florida
4. Georgia
5. Idaho
6. Indiana
7. Iowa
8. Kansas
9. Kentucky
10. Maine
11. Massachusetts
12. Michigan
13. New Jersey
14. New Mexico
15. North Dakota
16. Ohio
17. Oregon
18. South Dakota
19. Tennessee
20. Utah
21. Vermont
22. Virginia
23. West Virginia
24. Wisconsin
25. Wyoming
 
States Making Growth on SAT (2011 to 2012) and ACT (2011 to 2012)
1. Florida
2. Georgia
3. Kentucky
4. Maine
5. Michigan
6. New Jersey
7. New Mexico
8. Tennessee
9. Vermont
10. Virginia
 
States Making Growth on SAT (2011 to 2012), ACT (2011 to 2012), and Advanced Placement (2010 to 2011)
1. Florida
2. Georgia
3. Kentucky
4. Maine
5. Michigan
6. New Jersey
7. New Mexico
8. Tennessee
9. Virginia
 
States Making Growth on SAT (2011 to 2012), ACT (2011 to 2012), Advanced Placement (2010 to 2011), and NAEP 4th & 8th Grade Mathematics (2009 to 2011)
1. Georgia
2. Kentucky
3. New Jersey
4. New Mexico
5. Virginia
 
States Making Growth on SAT (2011 to 2012), ACT (2011 to 2012), Advanced Placement (2010 to 2011), NAEP 4th & 8th Grade Mathematics (2009 to 2011), and NAEP 4th & 8th Grade Reading (2009 to 2011)
1. Georgia
2. New Jersey
 
States Making Growth on SAT (2011 to 2012), ACT (2011 to 2012), Advanced Placement (2010 to 2011), NAEP 4th & 8th Grade Mathematics (2009 to 2011), NAEP 4th & 8th Grade Reading (2009 to 2011), and NAEP 8th Grade Science
1. Georgia
 
Data Sources for Each National Test
SAT Scores:
The 2011 and 2012 state average SAT scores were derived from the SAT® Report on College & Career Readiness: 2012 produced by the College Board. Specifically, the data for each state’s SAT performance was extracted from the table “Mean Scores by State, by Participation Rate – All Schools” located on page 39 of the report.
 
ACT Scores:
The 2011 and 2012 state average composite ACT scores were derived from the ACT’s National and State Score Summary Report found at http://www.act.org/newsroom/data/2012/states.html for 2012 scores and http://www.act.org/newsroom/data/2011/states.html for 2011 scores.
 
AP Exam Data:
Data represents the percent of graduates who scored a three (3) or higher on an AP exam while in high school. This data is pulled directly from College Board’s 8th Annual AP Report to the Nation Report. Data tables can be found on page 33 of the report.
 
NAEP Scores:
The State level scores on the NAEP are directly pulled from U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, and National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 2009 and 2011. State data used the “Change” in score column to flag states that have change growth on each assessment within the corresponding grade levels. Using the “State Comparison” table creation tool, state level scores were extracted using the rounding and standard error default presets. The state extraction tool can be found at http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/statecomparisons/.
 
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