Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Fayette County SAT Scores Rise, Tops State and Nation

Fayette County's 2009 high school graduates topped the average scores of last year’s graduating seniors, resulting in an increase for the second consecutive year on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), according to results released today by the College Board. The county’s increase comes as both state and national averages decrease.

Fayette County students posted an overall average score of 1555 – 4 points above last year’s average, 95 points above that of the state and 46 points over the national average. While Fayette’s average score increased, the state’s score fell 6 points from last year and the national average dipped two points.

“We are very pleased with how our students performed on the SAT and are proud of the hard work that they and their teachers, administrators and parents put into raising our overall average for the second year in a row. Once again Fayette’s score is above both the state and national average. While Fayette’s scores are high, there is room for improvement. We will continue to work toward raising our scores by researching methodologies and measures that will help all of our students perform at their personal best,” says Superintendent John DeCotis.

The breakdown of Fayette’s scores is as follows: 519 critical reading, 529 mathematics and 507 writing. Fayette outscored both the state and the nation in all test sections. The county’s score is 29 points above the state and 18 points above the nation in critical reading, 38 above the state and 14 above the nation in mathematics and 28 above the state and 14 above the nation in writing.

A total of 1,320 high school graduates took the SAT in Fayette. Both McIntosh and Starr’s Mill High tied for 16th place in the state with the highest scores.

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