students beat the national average on SAT
improvements in education outcomes’
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performance of Georgia public-school students in the class of 2018. Some media
outlets are reporting on data that reflect the performance of the “all
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25, 2018 – Georgia
public-school students improved their performance on the SAT in 2018 and
outperformed their counterparts in the nation’s public schools, recording a
mean score of 1054 compared to the national mean of 1049.
in participation are often accompanied by a slight decrease in scores, but
Georgia’s improvements took place even as more students took the SAT. Sixty-six
percent of Georgia’s public-school class of 2018 took the SAT during high
school, compared to 59 percent of the class of 2017.
are seeing historic improvements in our education outcomes here in Georgia,”
State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. “On the SAT, which was once
used to label Georgia as ‘last in the nation’ in education, Georgia’s
public-school students are now beating the national average – that’s in
addition to an all-time-high graduation rate and students beating the national
average on the ACT as well. We have made unprecedented investments in a
well-rounded, student-centered education system and we’re seeing the results of
that shift. Most importantly, our students and educators have worked
tirelessly, and I commend them. Every educator, student, and supporter of
public education in this state should feel a deep pride in the progress our
schools are making.”
evidence-based reading and writing (ERW), Georgia students outperformed the
nation by eight points, recording a score of 537 compared to the national
average of 529. In math, Georgia students were slightly behind the national
average of 520, but increased the state average to 517, from 510 in 2017.
encouraged to see Georgia’s performance in math improving, and am confident
that trend will continue,” Superintendent Woods said. “We’ve worked in the last
several years to restore our districts’ options for high school math
instruction and allow them to teach math more traditionally if that’s what
works for their community. I think we’ll continue to see positive results from that
Georgia, 42 percent of public-school students met both of the College Board’s
College Readiness Benchmarks. Seventy-three percent met the ERW benchmark and
43 percent met the math benchmark.
to the College Board, students who meet the College Readiness Benchmarks show
they are likely ready to take and succeed in entry-level, credit-bearing
2018 scores also brought positive news in the area of equity.
students in Georgia’s public-school class of 2018 recorded a mean score of 961,
higher than the national mean of 935 and an increase over 2017’s mean score of
953. Georgia’s Hispanic or Latino students recorded a mean score of 1022, an increase over 2017's mean of 1016 and significantly higher than the national mean of 979.
2017 SAT results set a new baseline for year-to-year comparisons. Results from
earlier reports were based on the old SAT, which had a different score scale
and different benchmarks. The 2017 and 2018 SAT scores are comparable, but
comparisons to 2016 or earlier are not accurate.
**Correction: The initial release inadvertently compared 2017 “all
students” data (which includes private/independent schools) to 2018 “public
schools” data in a few areas. These errors have now been corrected.
In summary: when comparing 2017 “public schools” data to 2018
“public schools” data, Georgia’s math score increased from 510 to 517, rather
than 515 to 517 as initially noted. Black students in Georgia’s public-school
class of 2018 increased their mean score from 953 to 961, not 957 to 961 as
initially noted. And Hispanic or Latino students in Georgia’s public-school
class of 2018 increased their mean score from 1016 to 1022, rather than a
one-point decrease as initially noted.