Updated: Jan 4
The Georgia Department of Education recently released data for this year’s Scholastic Aptitude Test scores and compared to other counties in the CSRA RESA, Swainsboro and Emanuel County test takers scored in the average.
Twenty-five high schools including the two local ones make up the CSRA RESA. Joining Emanuel in this group are institutions from Burke, Columbia, Glascock, Jefferson, Jenkins, Lincoln, McDuffie, Richmond, Taliaferro, Warren, and Wilkes counties.
While the number of test takers from all of those schools varied, Swainsboro High and ECI’s scores hover in the middle.
Forty-one students from SHS took the SAT this year. Forty ECI students signed up for the test.
The total score mean for SHS was 990. Evidence-based reading and writing mean for Swainsboro came in at 499 while the math mean measured 491.
ECI, on the other hand, accounted for a total score mean of 977, an evidence-based reading and writing mean of 500, and a math mean of 477.
All of these findings are improvements from the 2020 results.
Last year, Swainsboro High’s 78 test takers returned a total score mean of 691, an evidence-based reading and writing mean of 497, and a math mean of 463. In 2020, ECI’s scores were 964, 499, and 465 respectively across total score mean, evidence-based reading and writing mean, and a math mean with 39 students testing.
Lakeside High School, with nearly six times the test takers, had the highest total score mean (1156), evidence-based reading and writing mean (584), and math mean (572).
Glenn Hills, with only 25 students testing, had the lowest scores across the board: an 820 total score mean, a 423 evidence-based reading and writing mean, and a 396 math mean.
Data for four schools—Jenkins County High, T.W. Josey, Taliaferro County, and Warren County—was not reported as only 15 or fewer tests were administered.
The national average for composite SAT scores is 1,049 while the statewide average is 1,054.
Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology had the highest scores overall this year: 1,378 in total score mean, 677 in evidence-based reading and writing mean, and 700 in math mean.
The Scholastic Aptitude Test is a college entrance exam developed, administered and scored by the college board, a private non-profit corporation formed more than a hundred years ago as the College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB) to expand access to higher education. The SAT is designed to test subject matter learned by students in high school and the critical thinking skills necessary to succeed in college. Students are evaluated in English, mathematics, reading, and science during the testing process, and the tests are used to help students with preparation for college and career readiness.