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3, 2015 – Georgia
students’ SAT scores increased five points,
even as the national average dropped seven points,
2015 score reports indicate.
students’ mean score for critical reading increased by two points, from 488 to
490, and the mean score for writing increased by three points, from 472 to 475.
The mean score for math remained at 485. Nationally, the mean scores for
critical reading and math each dropped two points, and the mean score for
writing dropped three points.
encouraged by these score increases because they
signal that more students may be prepared for college-level work,” State
School Superintendent Richard Woods said. “As we continue to realign the focus
of the Georgia Department of Education and pursue child-focused,
classroom-centered policies, I believe we will see continued increases in SAT scores
and other key indicators.”
Georgia, 76.9 percent of students from the class of 2015 took the SAT – a total
of 72,898 students. Of that group, 39.8 percent were underrepresented minority
students, up from 38.8 percent in 2014 and 38.1 percent in 2011.
the PSAT/NMSQT, 33,430 Georgia eleventh
graders took the test, outscoring the nation in critical reading, math and
writing. Georgia juniors recorded mean scores of 48.8 in critical reading, 49.5
in math, and 47.8 in writing, compared to the national average of 46.9 in
critical reading, 48.6 in math, and 45.3 in writing. Georgia juniors’ critical
reading and math mean scores did not change year-over-year, while the writing
mean score decreased by 0.1 percent.
released by the College Board along with PSAT/NMSQT
and SAT score reports give some indication of where Georgia’s college-bound
students are heading. Among 2015 high school
graduates who took one of the College Board’s tests – the SAT, the PSAT/NMSQT, or an AP exam – 58.3 percent are known
to be enrolled in college, an increase from 57.2 percent the previous year.
Many of those students – 80.1 percent – chose to enroll in Georgia
data also offer a look at students’ post-secondary plans, since SAT test-takers
tell the College Board where to send their scores. Georgia Tech received the
highest percentage (33.1 percent) of student scores, followed by the University
of Georgia, Kennesaw State, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, and the University
of North Georgia.
Georgia students in the class of 2015 took the
other words: 76.9 percent of Georgia’s class of 2015
took the SAT
those Georgia students who took the exam, 39.8 percent were underrepresented
percent of students took the test using a fee waiver, compared to 27.5 percent
in 2014 and 25.5 percent of the class of 2011
Georgia in 2015, 179,089 students took the
Of those students,
40.3 percent were underrepresented minority students