SAT scores show slight drops

Oct. 01, 2013 @ 09:28 AM

Just a few Triad high schools bucked the downward trend in SAT scores in 2013.
In Davidson County, average performance on the Scholastic Aptitude Test dropped in all three school systems from 2012, according to scores released last week by the N.C. Department of Public Instruction. Among those moving against the trend, West Davidson High School increased its average by 191 points. Central Davidson, Davidson Early College High School, East Davidson and Ledford high schools raised scores from 12 to 35 points.
In Randolph County, scores also dropped slightly. Earlier, Guilford County Schools reported that the average SAT score of 1433 was higher than the 2012 score of 1424 but below the 2011 score of 1445.
The SAT is not mandatory for students and many take the ACT as part of the Common Core curriculum.
Davidson County Schools’s combined average — 1483 — was higher than the state number, but was lower than the 2012 combined score of 1486 from all seven high schools. The system’s average score for math was 511, critical reading 495 and writing 477. The 2012 scores were 516, 497 and 473.
Thomasville High School’s students had a combined score of 1209 compared to 1225 in 2012. The students earned a score of 418 in math, 408 in critical reading and 383 in writing. In 2012, the scores were 433, 405 and 387.
South Davidson High School’s average dropped 121 points while North Davidson went down by 14 from the previous year. Across the state, schools are dealing with the Common Core curriculum and the emphasis on the ACT. North Carolina has been considered an “SAT state” because the vast majority of college-bound students took the admissions test.
“As we continue to align the curriculum across grade levels, we hope to see scores increase,” Denise Hedrick, assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction for the system, said in a news release.
In Randolph County, the 2013 score of 1410, below the state average, and was down from 1418 in 2012. The average math score was 490, critical reading was 468 and writing was 958.
North Carolina had a combined average score totaled 1479, 10 points higher than last year’s scores. The state reported scores of 506 in mathematics, 495 in critical reading and a writing score of 478. Nationally, the average critical reading score was 496, the average mathematics score was 514 and the average writing score was 488.
“I’m particularly pleased to see that students increased their average critical reading score. I fully expect to see our seniors’ scores continue to improve as students benefit from the Common Core state standards,”  North Carolina Superintendent June Atkinson said in a release.

SAT Scores
Davidson County   2012   2013
Central Davidson  1433  1445
Early College          1571  1606
East Davidson         1468  1484
Ledford                      1491  1512
North Davidson      1509  1495
South Davidson     1520  1399
West Davidson       1257  1448
Lexington                1257  1212
Thomasville            1225  1209

Randolph County    1418      1410     
Trinity High               1418     1398
Wheatmore               1413     1401
Randleman                1377     1350
N.C.                           1469         1479

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