Coweta SAT scores higher than state average
by Celia Shortt
Coweta County high schools’ 2013 average SAT score was 23 points higher than the average score for the state of Georgia.
Coweta County’s score on the college entrance exam was 1475, and the state of Georgia’s was 1452.
“The Coweta County School System has made a continuous effort to provide students with multiple, advanced academic opportunities throughout their school career, in early grades and at the high school level, and that continues to be seen in student performance on the SAT,” said Coweta County School Superintendent Dr. Steve Barker.
Those opportunities include multiple Advanced Placement and advanced academic opportunities in all content areas offered at Coweta’s three base high schools, as well as opportunities for dual-enrollment with higher education institutions. “We have made a very intentional effort in our district in early education to prepare students when they get into school, and continue that through middle and high school,” said Barker.
Coweta County’s high schools even outscored the national averages in some areas. Northgate High School and Newnan High School were above the national score on the verbal section. Northgate also outscored the overall national average with a composite average score of 1501 compared to the national average of 1498.
Overall, Coweta’s average scores put the district in the top 12 percent of Georgia districts reported by the College Board in 2013.
The Georgia Department of Education also noted that student completion of a core curriculum and pursuit of rigorous course work are two critical components of college readiness, and the students who do so tend to perform better on the SAT. Georgia students who completed a core curriculum — defined as four or more years of English, three or more years of mathematics, three or more years of natural science, and three or more years of social science and history — took Advanced Placement courses, high-level mathematics courses or honors courses performed better on the SAT than students who did not.
The SAT is a college entrance exam that is developed, administered and scored by the College Board. The SAT is designed to test the subject matter learned by students in high school and the critical thinking skills necessary to succeed in college. The test has three sections — verbal, mathematics and writing — each worth 800 points, for a highest possible score of 2400.